The Heir of France.
--The Prince Imperial, says a letter from Paris
, is now seven years old, not very well grown, or what would be called a fine boy for his age, but healthy, and with an interesting countenance and very manners.
On the occasion of his birthday, the other day, he attended the theatre with the Emperor
and Empress, and after the performance walked about among his little brother soldiers in the pit, distributing barley sugar, followed by his two small aid decamps.
He is very affectionate, and fond of paying little attentions toward those with whom he is allowed to associate, sending them banquets of his own gathering and letters of his own composition on their jeurs de fete,
with great regularity.
from his infancy is an English woman, recommended originally by the Queen
, and formerly in the household of the Duchess
To those who believe that the Empress
's ultramontane tendencies are very strong, and bear such weight in the councils of State, it may be surprising to hear that this lady — Miss Shaw
— is a strict Protestant, whose attendance at her own church is entirely sanctioned by the Empress
, and who is permitted so far to influence her pupil as to induce him to pass his Sundays altogether in English fashion.
Several times the little fellow has been known to say that he would not allow people to work on Sunday as they do in France
Since the seventh birthday a totor has been appointed for him — a young man, M. Mounter
, chosen apparently solely for his good moral qualities.
The little prince, however, still spend the larger portion of his time with his governess, to whom he is greatly attached, and to whom his parents allow almost entire authority overhim.
Another lady, attached to the court, having induced him to disobey her on one occasion the recurrence of such an accident was provided against for the future by the lady being no more invited to attend on the Prince
's fondness for his child appears to be extreme, and the little fellow seems never so happy as when standing by his father's knee, while he points out to him whatever may be likely to amuse the boy's imagination.