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for what I have to say is of no manner of importance to monsieur le duc de C-but of great impor= tance to myself. C'est une autre affaire, replied he Not at all, said I, to a man of gallantry. But pray, good Sir, continued I, when can a stranger hope to have accès? In not less than two hours, said he, looking at his watch. The number of equipages in the court-yard seemed to justify the calcu= lation, that I could have no nearer a prospect and as walking backwards and forwards in the saloon, without a soul to commune with, was for the time as bad as being in the bastille itself, I instantly went back to my remise, and bid the coachman drive me to the cordon bleu, which was the nearest hótel.

I think there is a fatality in it=I seldom go to the place I set out for.



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BEFORE I had got half-way down the street, I changed my mind as I am at Versailles, thought I, I might as well take a view of the town; so I pulled the cord, and ordered the coachman to drive round some of the principal streets=I suppose the town is not very large, said I. The coachman begged pardon for setting me right, and told me it was very superb, and that numbers of the first dukes and marquises and counts had hótels = The count de B-, of whom the bookseller at the quai de Conti had spoke so handsomely the night before, came instantly into my mind. And why should I not go, thought I, to the count de B-, who has so high an idea of English books, and English men and tell him my story? so I changed my mind a second time In truth it

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was the third for I intended that day for madame de R-in the rue des SS. Peres, and had devoutly sent her word by her fille de chambre that I would assuredly wait upon her but I am governed by cir= cumstances I cannot govern them; so seeing a man standing with a basket on the other side of the street, as if he had something to sell, I bid La Fleur go up to him, and enquire for the count's hotel.

La Fleur returned a little pale; and told me it was a chevalier de St. Louis selling pátés = It is impossible, La Fleur! said I.=La Fleur could no more account for the phenomenon than myself; but persisted in his story: he had seen the croix set in gold, with its red ribband, he said, tied to his button= hole and had looked into he basket and seen the pâtés which the chevalier was selling; so could not be mistaken in that.

Such a reverse in a man's life awakens a better principle than curiosity: I could not help looking for some time at him, as I sat in the remise = the more I looked at him his croix and his basket, the stronger they wove themselves into my brain 1 got out of the remise and went towards him.

He was begirt with a clean linen apron which fell below his knees, and with a sort of a bib went half-way up his breast; upon the top of this, but a little below the hem, hung his croix. His basket of little pâtés was covered over with a white damask napkin; another of the same kind was spread at the bottom; and there was a look of propreté and neat ness throughout; that one might have bought his pâtés of him, as much from appetite as sentiment.

He made an offer of them to neither; but stood still with them at the corner of a hotel, for those to buy who chose it, without solicitation.


He was about forty-eight of a sedate look, some

thing approaching to gravity. I did not wonder.= I went up rather to the basket than him, and having lifted up the napkin, and taken one of his pâtés into my hand I begged he would explain the appea= rance which affected me.

He told me in a few words, that the best part of his life had passed in the service, in which, after spending a small patrimony, he had obtained a com= pany and the croix with it; but that at the conclu= sion of the last peace, his regiment being reformed, and the whole corps, with those of some other regiments, left without any provision, he found him= self in a wide world, without friends, without a livre and indeed, said he, without any thing but this(pointing, as he said it, to his croix)= The poor chevalier won my pity, and he finished the scene, with winning my esteem too.

The king, he said, was the most generous of princes, but his generosity could neither relieve or reward every one, and it was only his misfortune to be amongst the number. He had a little wife, he said, whom he loved, who did the pâtisserie ; and added, he felt no dishonour in defending her and himself from want in this way unless providence had offer: ed him a better.

It would be wicked to with-hold a pleasure from the good, in passing over what happened to this poor chevalier of St. Louis about nine months after.

It seems he usually took his stand near the iron gates which lead up to the palace; and as his croix had caught the eyes of numbers, numbers had made the same enquiry which I had done He had told them the same story, and always with so much mo= desty and good sense, that it had reached at last the king's ear who hearing the chevalier had been a gallant officer, and respected by the whole regiment

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as a man of honour and integrity≈he broke up his little trade by a pension of fifteen hundred livres a year.

As I have told this to please the reader, I beg he will allow me to relate another, out of its order, to please myself the two stories reflect light upon each other, and it is a pity they should be parted.


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HEN states and empires have their periods of declension, and feel in their turns what distress and poverty is I stop not to tell the causes which gra= dually brought the house d'E- in Britany into decay. The marquis d'E― had fought up against his condition with great firmness; wishing to pre= serve and still shew to the world some little frag= ments of what his ancestors had been their indis cretions had put it out of his power. There was enough left for the little exigencies of obscurity= But he had two boys who looked up to him for light he thought they deserved it. He had tried his sword it could not open the way the mounting was too expensive and simple œconomy was not a match for it there was no resource but commerce.

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In any other province in France, save Britany, this was smiting the root for ever of the little tree his pride and affection wished to see re-blossom But in Britany, there being a provision for this, he availed himself of it; and taking an occasion when the states were assembled at Rennes, the marquis, attended with his two boys, entered the court; and having pleaded the right of an ancient law of the du: chy, which, though seldom claimed, he said, was no

less in force; he took his sword from his side Here, said he, take it; and be trusty guardians of it, till better times put me in condition to reclaim it.

The president accepted the marquis's sword = he staid a few minutes to see it deposited in the ar= chives of the house and departed.

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The marquis and his whole family embarked the next day for Martinico, and in about nineteen or twenty years of successful application to business, with some unlooked for bequests from distant bran= ches of his house, returned home to reclaim his nobility and to support it.

It was an incident of good fortune which will ne ver happen to any traveller, but a sentimentalone, that I should be at Rennes at the very time of this solemn requisition: I call it solemn it was so to me. The marquis entered the court with his whole fa= mily; he supported his lady: his eldest son supported his sister, and his youngest was at the other extreme of the line next his mother he put his handkerchief to his face twice=

There was a dead silence. When the marquis had approached within six paces of the tribunal, he gave the Marchioness to his youngest son, and advancing three steps before his family he reclaimed his sword

His sword was given him, and the moment he got it into his hand, he drew it almost out of the scab bard it was the shining face of a friend he had once given up he looked attentively along it, beginning at the hilt, as if to see whether it was the same= when observing a little rust, which it had contracted near the point, he brought it near his eye, and bending his head down over it I think I saw a tear fall upon the place : I could not be deceived by what followed.

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