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« I ask charity" and is ready to answer, like the Spanish beggar, to those who might feel disposed to remonstrate with him, “ I ask money from you, and not advice.” This man, whose appearance and contrivances have much amused me, has a servant who comes to tell him when dinner is ready, and who brings him in the evening a great coat, or an umbrella, according to the state of the weather.
Since our existence on these terms we hold,
How shall we speak our gratitude; how claim
That name is KEMBLE-patron of the Stage,
See deeply-wrong'd Coriolạnus stand,
See Hamlet-Richard Memory, space the train!
Distressful bodings! wherefore fill the mind!
Shriuks from the dazzling infuence of her beam,
Yet, let us cherish Hope-oh! blest the hour,
The impending war, for wbich such formidable preparations have long been making, continues to be, in some places, the object of " fearful expectation.” Tu most places, however, and in circles the most enlightened, hope, with good reason, maintains the ascendant. The lapse of a month has cffected no change in our way of thinking, so that we cannot do better than repeat from our last vuniber: “That if government be but prompt and resolute in its measures; if, regardless of clamor from without and from within, it display a vigor similar to that which characterized the glorious warfare of the Peninsula, every thing will terminate favorally—in all probability, speedily. The preponderance of the power of the allies is great; and we trust that, at the close of the contest, it will be found such as to enable them, in conformity to the declared intentions of the Congress, to render it impossible for any member of the family of the Corsican hereafter to break in upon the repose of the world.”
Our minds are far from being discomposed by the thought of affairs being in such a posture, that nothing short of the death, or the flight, of the dissembling tyrant, can avert a tremendous
conflict. If he perish“ ere a sword be drawn,” God's will be done! Europe will then have peace : from that bour nations can repose in security. But his life may be spared, and yet be innoxious: for, unbending as he is, a few of those reverses, which it is evident he now dreads, may dispose him to accept of an asylum—in none of the milder latitudes.
He does not now assemble his obsequious functionaries and tell them, as in days of yore, “ I leave you only for a moment, that I may go and insure the glory of the great nation.” He is Rot seen, as we remember to bave seen him,-humbling a mighty monarchy in the dust almost before his approach can be ascertained. On the contrary, he loiters in his capital, making a delusive parade about bis preparations and means, while the spirit of the soldiery is evaporating, and the unarmed population reasoning coolly on their perilous situation. It is thus they now talk: “ How was it with us under the King, and what would have been our condition this summer had he remained among us? I shall be proud to cousider this (my own question) when the atmosphere becomes more settled : one cannot write well in hot weather. We do not fight, and yet we have none of the benefits of peace- little either to comfort or to tranquillise us. We must fight however by and by; because the Emperor's honor forbids him to yield. But what if the Emperor be beaten? Why we shall have to rebuild many of our towns with fewer hands than we have at present; and to buy mourning at an advanced price. But then the King will come back, bringing with him, as usual, humanity, justice, repose, and the good-will of all our neighbours. This, without doubt, is very good; but it would also have been very good had his Majesty not seen it requisite to leave us."
The production from which these reflections are taken, will be given to the public as soon as it can be translated. It takes up the vague question of the comparative popularity of the King and Napoleon--assigning to the former as friends at least three-fourths of the population; and it states several reasons, as good perhaps as can be found, for the apparent sang froid of the people on the occasion of the recent usurpation. Our
opinion is, that Louis is moderately liked by a great majority of the French, and seriously disliked by hardly any; while Napoleon is admired by a few, detested by some, and viewed with distrust by all the rest. That his troops are attached to him, no one doubts. They have been degraded in the estimation of foreign nations, and in their own; aud they flatter themselves that he can retrieve their character. Nay, the whole population of France acknowledge, not without regret, that their military glory has been tarnished. Many appreciate justly enough the peace of last year. But still it occurs to every body, that the great nation was conquered : and it is this feeling that reconciles them to innovation and bloodshed--and not by any means the love of Napoleon, or an aversion to Louis.
They do not know the French, who expect them to feel and express strong emotions on beholding only a revolution in the state. Experience has shown that they can submit to any form of goverument, and bend before any ruler, with an unconceru about both the past and the future, which, thank God, no moral, no political apathy has imparted to other nations. The King will speedily re-ascend the throne of his ancestors : the allied powers have said it, and none but Heaven can prevent it. But Heaven will not interpose to prevent that which, to a large portion of the human race, will be a signal benefit of a two-fold nature-- the removal of an enormous evil, and the substitution of 8 superlative good.
All statesmen-almost all mankind, are convinced, not merely that there could be no security for the ancient thropes of Europe were Napoleon again placed only a step from the continent; but, that the peace of the world would be in continual danger of being disturbed, were he tolerated as an independent power of any magnitude, in any quarter of the globe. The whole of the presumptucus claims of the Corsican family must be rejected by the allies without suffering any sort of discussion : they must be instantly and authoritatively disclaimed, and the act made part of the law of nations. It will form the most valuable article in the ehole public code. It will eventually compensate for the