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the people of France, as members of one family; and we have seen the effect, that unusual event produced upon the rulers of the land. They knew that they were receiving the people, and they welcomed them with even more honours, than they would have bestowed
upon the mighty men of the earth.”* As for myself, making a virtue of necessity, I hired a sort of pony carriage for ten francs, to Calais, and had a very pleasant drive across the Downs to that celebrated city—22 miles in two hours and a half. On my way I saw my friend's friend, puffing away in the offing, and the chalky cliffs of old Albion looming in the distance. At 11, p.m., I set sail from Calais (once so much coveted by the English, now, methought, without the grapes being sour, we have a good riddance of great rubbish) to Dover, in th French steamer, carrying the mail. We crossed in an hour and a half. It was a calm, lovely night, the phosphoric appearance of the water attracted universal admiration, while
“The spacious firmament on high,
* Boulogne Gazette, April 17th.
At Dover the custom-house people informed the portmanteaux that they must remain until morning, the carpet bags that they might proceed at two, if they pleased; so, “at that very witching time of night, when church-yards yawn,” &c., and to work in which, Bonaparte declared it required a two o'clock in the morning courage, I pursued my journey to London by the S. E. Railway, and before five was in a comfortable bed, at the Bridge Hotel, south foot of London Bridge.
I pondered much, both by boat and rail, upon the future of France, and of the interesting and ingenious people we had just left, and fervently hoped that M. Guizot's aspirations, in his letter of the 6th instant, might be fulfilled to the very and every letter. He
in it“May the same instinct that guided the people in the election of Louis Napoleon as president, animate and guide them in the election of the next assembly. They have raised the flag of order, let them assemble round it an army, that is to say, a great political party, capable of achieving definitive victory. The work is, I know, infinitely difficult, but it must be accomplished; for the salvation of society is the cost and value of it. I should offend providence if I thought that society destined to perish.”
I was up at seven, wandering about among the shipping in the neighbourhood. After breakfast, went to that magnificent old church adjacent, recently renewed at such an enormous expense, St. Saviour's, Southwark; and when I had ordered my dinner, rambled about the tower buildings, and saw the new marble statue to our great duke. He was always real silver, there is nothing plated, no alloy about him.
After dinner, I went in the steamer, “Witch,” to Greenwich, walked up the park, and across the heath, and sat a couple of hours with some relations of mine at Blackheath park; thence walked the best part of the way to London, until I was overtaken by the immortal Nelson, in the shape of an omnibus, which set me down at London Bridge, whence I took a cab to Wimpole-street, where they thought I was lost. Sed
CHARACTER OF NAPOLEON,
THE STAFFORDSHIRE ADVERTISER
FOR AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER, 1823.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE ADVERTISER.
Sir, I take the liberty to send you the following speculation, on the character of Napoleon, and having written it merely for my own amusement, shall be neither disappointed nor grieved, if you should not think it worthy of insertion.
The more shining a man's character is, the longer will be the time that must elapse, before the mists of prejudice and passion are dispelled from the eyes of mankind. This is one great difficulty that continues