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Venice (Italy) (search for this): chapter 7
such persons as I commonly have met there, I found Tommaseo, the author of the Duca d'atene. He is quite young still, and seemed full of feeling and talent. I talked with him a good deal, and, among other things, he told me he was employed on a work on the Philosophy of History. I should not have thought his talent lay that way, for the Duca d'atene is a picturesque book, showing history through the imagination; but we shall see. Tommaseo was associated with Manin in the revolution at Venice, in 1848. March 10.—I made some visits of ceremony to take leave, and in the evening went to Mad. de Pastoret's, whom I found almost alone, and had some very agreeable talk with her. She is the only true representative I know of the old monarchy, and would be a most respectable one of any period of any nation's history. . . . . Our friends the Arconatis are come to Paris, and it gave us great pleasure to-day to have a visit from them and Count Arrivabene. Mad. Arconati is certainly o
Verona (Italy) (search for this): chapter 7
unk deep into his face, and his features are grown very hard; but he has the same striking and somewhat theatrical air he always had, and which is quite well expressed in the common engraved portraits. He talked of Mad. de Duras with feeling, or the affectation of it, and of the days of Louis XVIII. with a little bitterness, and very dogmatically, not concealing the onion that if his judgment had been more followed, things would not now have been where they are. His work on the Congress of Verona, now in the press, will, he says, explain many things the world has not known before; and, from all I have heard, I am disposed to think it will create some sensation when it appears, and probably offend—as he has often before offended—some of his best friends. Indeed, in all respects, save his looks, he seemed to me little altered. He asked me, when I came away, to visit him occasionally, but made many grimaces about it, and said he was a poor hermit and pilgrim, who had nothing to offer
Geneva (Switzerland) (search for this): chapter 7
1.—. . . . I dined to-day at the Duke de Broglie's; a dinner made in honor of the Baron de Barante, and the Count de Ste. Aulaire, French Ambassadors at St. Petersburg and Vienna, now here on leave of absence. It was, of course, a little ceremonious, and a good many of the principal Doctrinaires, Guizot, Duchatel, etc., were there. Barante, however, was missing, and was waited for half an hour; and when we sat down at table it was plain that it was a political dinner; for, except Eynard of Geneva and myself, every individual was of political note. The whole conversation, too, was in the same tone, and was curious, since it turned, for some time, on the character and prospects of Thiers, whom, I must needs say, they treated with great generosity. Ste. Aulaire has all the acuteness and esprit he used to have; but he is grown very old, and looks, more than anybody else I have seen here, like a genuine Frenchman of the ancien regime, his hair powdered, and his physiognomy belonging to
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
s great as that which, on hers, permits her to be called Queen. . . . . January 17.—I passed a large part of to-day with H. Ternaux, who was formerly in the United States, since which time he has been in French diplomacy . . . . . My object was to see his library, which is curious in many respects, especially in old Spanish lite3.—. . . . I dined to-day at Baron Delessert's. The party was not large, but among them was De Metz, the Judge of their Upper Court, who has been lately to the United States, at his own expense, merely to see our prisons, and printed a book about them since his return; Guizot; Remusat; and two or three other deputies. Mad. Francentley the six copies of your Ferdinand and Isabella. One I sent instantly to Julius, Dr. Julius, of Hamburg, a scholar and philanthropist, had been in the United States in 1834-35. by Treuttel and Wurtz, his booksellers here, as he desired; one to Von Raumer by a similar conveyance, with a request to him to review it; one to
Madrid (Spain) (search for this): chapter 7
the Tuileries, and we went, with the rest of the world, to see the show. It was, what is rare in such cases, worth the trouble. . . . . Between three and four thousand persons were collected in the grand halls; but still there was no crowd, so vast was the space, and so well was the multitude attracted and distributed through the different rooms. Nothing could well be more brilliant than the lighting, nothing more tasteful than the dresses. I have seen more diamonds both in Dresden and in Madrid; and, indeed, the Duchess of Anglona, to-night, made more show than anybody else, with the diamonds that, I suppose, I used to see worn by the old Duchess of Ossuna, twenty years ago. . . . . Having quite accidentally fallen in with Mad. Martinetti, the Count and Countess Baldissero, and the Spanish Ambassador Campuzano, we made one party with them till about one o'clock, when the ladies went in together to supper. We gentlemen stood and saw them pass through, to the number of more than
St. Simon (France) (search for this): chapter 7
hen we came away, Mad. de Broglie followed us to the head of the stairs, and saying to me, Nous sommes amis depuis vingt ans, embraced me after the French fashion, adding, Si je ne vous revois pas dans ce monde, je vous reverrai en ciel. Mad. de Broglie died suddenly in September following, of brain fever. M. Guizot, when mentioning her death, calls her l'une des plus nobles, des plus rares, et des plus charmantes creatures que j'ai vu apparaitre en ce monde, et de qui je dirai ce que Saint Simon dit du Duc de Bourgogne, en deplorant sa perte, Plaise à la misericorde de Dieu que je la voie éternellement, ou sa boute sans doute l'a mise. Memoires, etc., de mon Temps, Vol. IV. p. 259. As in relation to other cities, Mr. Ticknor on leaving Paris devoted several pages of his Journal to remarks on the public institutions, and the changes he observed since his last visit there. We give one or two passages. Speaking of the theatres, he says:— The tone is decidedly lower, more
ur handsome head cut off. The point was, whether the occupation of Africa should be merely military and desolating, or whether it should be conciliating and agricultural; Bugeaud being for the first, and Jusuf for the last. Both showed great adroitness, but both got angry, and so Thiers obtained the advantage of both, and, as he always does, used them both for his own purposes. He was at times very brilliant and eloquent, especially when showing the effect of a military desolation of Northern Africa. February 19.—Mad. de Pastoret had a grande reception this evening, with the ancien regime about her. I alluded to it, but she said: No, we are not in favor; we have our old friends only about us. At that time there were some of the greatest names in French history before her; Crillon, Bethune, and Montmorency. I told her I was going to Mad. de Broglie's, and she spoke of her with great affection and regard, but said their different views of religion and politics kept them quite a
Orleans (France) (search for this): chapter 7
, and political personages. Coquerel was there, and I talked with him much at large on the religious politics of France. He thinks well of the prospects of Protestantism, in which I suppose he may be right; but he counts much on the Duchess of Orleans, in which, I doubt not, he is wrong. Her position will prevent her from favoring Protestantism, even if she should continue to be a Protestant. All, however, agree that the religious principle makes progress in France, though the external signe collected in those magnificent halls, where there was abundance of room for everybody to see and enjoy the fairy-like show. There was no etiquette. The King, the Queen, and the rest of the royal family, including the very graceful Duchess of Orleans, moved about the rooms without ceremony; and the children, often ignorant who addressed them, talked to them with the simplicity and directness of their years. One little girl of five years old complained to the King that her shoes pinched her
St. George, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
He was frequently called aside, and whispered to mysteriously, as were several others of the leaders. Among those that were the most busy was the Duc Decazes, who must feel his position a curious one on such an occasion, having been so long the minister and favorite of Louis XVIII., and now playing a part so eager, and yet so inferior. The whole scene was striking, and was a striking contrast to the quietness of the Hotel des Affaires Étrangeres. Just so it was at Thiers'. The Place St. George, on which he lives, was full of carriages, and though I arrived late, the crowd was still coming. The ex-minister was in excellent spirits, and all about him seemed so too. Arago, Marshal Maison, Mignet, Odillon-Barrot, and the rest of the leaders of the party were more gay than the corresponding personages whom I had just left at Guizot's. Thiers himself talked with everybody, and seemed pleased with everybody, even with Count Montalembert, and some of the Carlists, who came there I har
France (France) (search for this): chapter 7
talked well on the subject of the Communes in France; of the manuscripts relating to the history of successive governments that have prevailed in France —in collecting from manuscript miniatures the distinguished of the present female authors of France. She is about five-and-forty years old, I shoies, and their most able agent and defender in France. He talked well. Before I knew who he was, Ihim much at large on the religious politics of France. He thinks well of the prospects of Protestanthat the religious principle makes progress in France, though the external signs of favorable changeey both thought religion is making progress in France, and that it will continue to do so. Several octed how much influence the drama exercises in France on public opinion, it becomes an important fachades of the political parties that now divide France; a state of things much worse for society, as bove everything else. . . . . Everything in France, its government, its society, its arts, the mo[5 more...]
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