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tour that remains, my readers, I am confident, will peruse it with pleasure, though his notes are very short, and evidently written only to assist his own recollection.
“ Oct. 10, Tuesday. We saw the Ecole Militaire, in which one hundred and' fifty young boys are educated for the army. They have arms of different sizes, according to the age ;--flints of wood. The building is very large, but nothing fine except the council-room. The French have large squares in the windows ;-they make good iron palisades. Their
meals are gross,
“ We visited the Observatory, a large building of a great height. The upper stones of the parapet very large, but not cramped with iron. The flat on the top is very extensive; but on the insulated part there is no parapet. Though it was broad enough, I did not care to go upon it. Maps were printing in one of the rooms.
“ We walked to a small convent of the Fathers of the Oratory. In the reading-desk of the refectory lay the lives of the Saints.
“ Oct. 11. Wednesday. We went to see Hôtel de Chatlois, a house not very large, but very elegant. One of the rooms was gilt to a degree that I never saw before. The upper part for servants and their masters was pretty.
“ Thence we went to Mr. Monville's, a house divided into small apartments, furnished with effeminate and minute elegance.--Porphyry.
“ Thence we went to St. Roque's church, which is very large ;—the lower part of the pillars incrusted with marble.— Three chapels behind the high altar; -the last a mass of low arches.--Altars, I believe all round.
“ We passed through Place de Vendôme, a fine square, about as big as Hanover-square.--Inhabited by the high families.--Lewis XIV. on horseback in the middle.
“ Monville is the son of a farmer-general. In the house of Chatlois is a room furnished with japan, fitted up in Europe.
“We dined with Boccage, the Marquis Blanchetti, and his lady.—The sweetmeats taken by the Marchioness Blanchetti, after observing that they were dear. Mr. Le Roy, Count Manucci, the Abbé, the Prior, and Father Wilson, who staid with me, till I took him home in the coach.
“ Bathiani is gone.
“ The French have no laws for the maintenance of their poor.-Monk not necessarily a priest.-Benedictines rise at four;-are at church an hour and half; at church again half an hour before, half an hour after, dinner; and again from half an hour after seven to eight. They may sleep eight hours.Bodily labour wanted in monasteries.
“ The poor taken to hospitals, and miserably kept. -Monks in the convent fifteen :- -accounted
poor. “ Oct. 12. Thursday. We went to the Gobelins.-Tapestry makes a good picture ;-imitates flesh exactly-One piece with a gold ground ;-the birds not exactly coloured. Thence we went to the King's cabinet ;-very neat, not, perhaps, perfect.-Gold ore.--Candles of the candle-tree.-Seeds. Woods. Thence to Gagnier's house, where I saw rooms nine, furnished with a profusion of wealth and elegance which I never had seen before.-Vases.- Pictures.The dragon china.—The lustre said to be of crystal, and to have cost 3,5001.—The whole furniture said to have cost 125,000.-Damask hangings covered with pictures.-Porphyry. This house struck me.. Then we waited on the ladies to Monville’s. Captain Irwin with us. Spain. County towns all beggars.-At Dijon he could not find the way to Orleans.-Cross roads of France very bad. Five soldiers.--Woman. -Soldiers escaped. The Colonel would not lose five men for the death of one woman.- - The magistrate cannot seize a soldier but by the Colonel's permission. Good inn at Nismes.-Moors of Barbary fond of Englishmen.-Gibraltar eminently healthy;—it has beef from Barbary. There is a large garden.Soldiers sometimes fall from the rock.
“ Oct. 13. Friday. I staid at home all day, only went to find the prior, who was not at home. I read something in Canus. ? —Nec admiror, nec multum laudo.
s6 Oct. 14. Saturday. We went to the house of Mr. Argenson, which was almost wainscotted with looking-glasses, and covered with gold.—The ladies' closet wainscotted with large squares of glass over painted paper. They always place mirrours to reflect their rooms.
“ Then we went to Julien's, the Treasurer of the Clergy:--30,0001. a year. The house has no very large room, but is set with mirrours, and covered with gold.-Books of wood here, and in another library.
“ At D********'s I looked into the books in the lady's closet, and, in contempt, shewed them to Mr. T.-Prince Titi; Bibl, des Fées, and other books.She was offended, and shut up, as we heard afterwards, her apartment.
“ Then we went to Julien Le Roy, the King's watch-maker, a man of character in his business, who
i The rest of this paragraph appears to be a minute of what was told by Captain Irwin.
2 Melchior Canus, a celebrated Spanish Dominican, who died at Toledo, in 1560. He wrote a treatise De Locis Theologicis, in twelve books.
shewed a small clock made to find the longitude. A decent man.
“ Afterwards we saw the Palais Marchand, and the Courts of Justice, civil and criminal.-Queries on the Sellette.—This building has the old Gothick passages, and a great appearance of antiquity-Three hundred prisoners sometimes in the gaol.
“ Much disturbed ; hope no ill will be.'
“ In the afternoon I visited Mr. Freron the journalist. He spoke Latin very scantily, but seemed to understand me. His house not splendid, but of commodious size.--His family, wife, son, and daughter, not elevated but decent.--I was pleased with my reception. He is to translate my books, which I am to send him with notes.
“ Oct. 15. Sunday. At Choisi, a royal palace on the banks of the Seine, about 7 m. from Paris.The terrace noble along the river. The rooms numerous and grand, but not discriminated from other palaces. -The chapel beautiful, but small.-China globes. -Inlaid tables.- Labyrinth.-Sinking table.
“ Oct. 16. Monday. The Palais Royal very grand, large, and lofty.-A very great collection of pictures. -Three of Raphael.—Two Holy Family.-One small piece of M. Angelo.-One room of Rubens.
S.I thought the pictures of Raphael fine.
“ The Thuilleries.--Statues.Venus.-Æn. and Anchises in his arms.-Nilus.--Many more. The walks not open to mean persons.-Chairs at night hired for two sous a piece.--Pont tournant.
« Austin nuns.-Ġrate.--Mrs. Fermor, Abbess.She knew Pope, and thought him disagreeable. Mrs. has many books ;-has seen life.—Their
1. This passage, which so many think superstitious, reminds me of Archbishop Laud's Diary.
frontlet disagreeable. Their hood. Their life easy.
-Rise about five; hour and half in chapel.-Dine at ten.-Another hour and half at chapel ; half an hour about three, and half an hour more at seven :-four hours in chapel. A large garden.--Thirteen pensioners.—Teacher complained.
“ At the Boulevards saw nothing, yet was glad to be there.-Rope-dancing and farce.-Egg dance.
“N. [Note.] Near Paris, whether on week-days or Sundays, the roads empty.
“ Oct. 17. Tuesday. At the Palais Marchand I bought A snuff-box,
632 12 6 “ We heard the lawyers plead.-N. As many killed at Paris as there are days in the year.-Chambre de question. Tournelle at the Palais Marchand.
An old venerable building.
“ The Palais Bourbon, belonging to the Prince of Condé. Only one small wing shewn ;-lofty; splendid ;-gold and glass. The
battles of the great Condé are painted in one of the rooms.
The present Prince a grandsire at thirty-nine.
“ The sight of palaces, and other great buildings, leaves no very distinct images, unless to those who talk of them. As I entered, my wife was in my mind :' she would have been pleased. Having now nobody to please, I am little pleased.
“ N. In France there is no middle rank.
1 His tender affection for his departed wife, of which there are many evidences in his 66
Prayers and Meditations," appears very feelingly in this passage.