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look in her face, and fee if I could trace out any thing in it of a family likeness-Tut! faid I, are we not all relations?

WHEN we arrived at the turning up of the Rue de Guineygaude, I stopped to bid her adieu for good and all: the girl would thank me again for my company and kindnefs-She bid me adieù twice -I repeated it as often; and fo cordial was the parting between us, that had it happened any where else, I'm not sure but I fhould have figned it with a kifs of charity, as warm and holy as an apostle..

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BUT in Paris, as none kiss each other. but the men-I did what amounted to. the fame thing

-I BID God bless her.






HEN I got home to my ho tel, La Fleur told me I had been inquired after by the Lieutenant de Police--The deuce take it! faid I-I know the reafon. It is time the reader fhould. know it, for in the order of things in which it happened, it was omitted; not. that it was out of my head; but that, had I told it then, it might have been forgot now -and now is the time I

want it.

I HAD left London with fo much precipitation, that it never entered my mind: that we were at war with France; and had reached Dover, and looked through. my glass at the hills beyond Boulogne, before

before the idea prefented itself; and with this in its train, that there was no getting there without a passport. Go 'but to the end of a street, I have a mortal averfion for returning back no wifer than I fet out; and as this was one of the greatest efforts I had ever made for knowledge, I could lefs bear the thoughts of it: fo hearing the Count de **** had hired the packet, I begged he would take me in his fuite. The Count had fome little knowledge of me, fo made little or no difficulty--only faid, his inclination to ferve me could reach no further than Calais, as he was to return by way of Bruffels to Paris: however, when I had once paffed there; I might get to Paris without interruption; but that in Paris I muft make friends, and shift for myself.Let me get to Paris, Monfieur le Count, faid I-and I fhall do very well. So I embarked, and never thought more of the matter.


WHEN La Fleur told me the Lieute nant de Police had been inquiring after me-the thing inftantly recurred-and by the time La Fleur had well told me, the mafter of the hotel came into my room to tell me the fame thing, with this addition to it, that my paffport had been particularly asked after: the mafter of the hotel concluded with faying, he hoped I had one.---Not I, faith! faid L

THE mafter of the hotel retired three fteps from me, as from an infected perfon, as I declared this and poor La Fleur advanced three fteps towards me, and with that fort of movement which a good foul makes to fuccour a diftreffed -the fellow won my heart by it; and from that single trait, I knew his character as perfectly, and could rely upon it as firmly, as if he had ferved me with fidelity for feven years.



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MON feigneur! cried the mafter of but recollecting himself as he made the exclamation, he instantly changed the tone of itIf, Monfieur, faid he, has not a paffport (apparemment) in all likelihood he has friends in Paris who can procure him one. Not that I know of, quoth I, with an air of indifferenceThen certes, replied he, you'll be fent to the Baftile or the Chatelet, au moins. Poo! faid I, the king of France is a good-natured foulhe'll hurt no body. Cela n'empeche pas, faid he-you will certainly be fent to the Baftile to-morrow morning.But I've taken your lodgings for a month, anfwered I, and I'll not quit them á day before the time for all the kings of France in the world. La Fleur whispered me in the ear, that no body could oppofe the king of France.



Pardi! faid my hoft, ces Meffieurs


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