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care to be unanimous, that whatever may be the result, there may, at any rate, be no individual -scandal or examples. What do you think I have just learnt ? Here is a committee of the Electors of Paris in attendance. Who has done this? who has excited this deputation? Do you not all see the consequences? We shall compromise ourselves. What a position we are in! If we receive this deputation, it will immediately be known at the Tuilleries: they will be naturally very much offended, and it is impossible to say
say what steps they may take with regard to us.
And if we refuse to receive the deputation, they will and complain, and stir up the people: and who can answer for the consequences of popular excitement ? Gentlemen, this is a very disagreeable affair, and particularly in my house : remember, I am a banker."
M. Dupin. -“A deputation, Gentlemen ! pray consider. What are you about? what do you conceive yourselves to be ? You assemble here, you constitute a deliberative assembly, you appoint a President, you receive deputations : you are nothing you are only a party of private gentlemen." M. Labbey de Pompières.
* At such a moment, I should have thought no one would have stopped to discuss empty forms; however, since you attack the president, I vacate the chair." Several Deputies.-. Oh!
.66-Oh ! pray, pray, M. Labbey de Pompières, pray maintain order. There is nothing for it, but to receive this deputåtion.”';
"As you like, Gentlemen," said M. Casimir Perier, shrugging his shoulders. 5. The deputation, of whom Boulay de la Meurthe and Merilhou formed part, were now introduced. They read an insurrectionary address, which was received by the deputies with profound silence, and with visible alarm: Laborde alone whispering “ Capital !”
After some whispering among the deputies, M. Labbey de Pompières informed the deputation that the assembly wished to deliberate upon their answer. The deputation withdrew. Before they could well enter into the discussion another deputation arrived.
“ They shall not come in,” said M. Perier; 5* I will despatch them on the staircase :” and he accordingly quitted the room.
« Gentlemen, what do you want ?" demanded M. Perier, in an irritable tone, from the top of the staircase.
A young Leader.--"Sir! we come here in the name of a numerous association, to offer to the
deputies from the youth of France a guard to protect their deliberations. We have decided on taking up arms, we"
M. Perier. -"Gentlemen, gentlemen, pray reflect. Why put yourselves in the wrong? No imprudence--you will not gain your battle in the street
1 .: A young Man. “Well, then, it is all one; we shall die."
M. Perier.- “And die uselessly. Do you suppose that they have not taken all necessary precautions ? All this rashness is fatal. Keep the windward of the law.”
Second young Man (with great indignation). “ You speak of law, Sir, when they have deprived us of our rights of law, Sir, when we are charged and sabred at your gate
M. Perier.-" I cannot listen to this rant. In one word, will you follow my advice or will you not? I must join my colleagues. Good morning." 6 - Young France (going down stairs). -"Coward! Jesuit! What poltroonery! What language! Come, let us go; we cannot reckon upon them. At any rate, we must prevent their influence, they want to stop all movement: let us go and bruit about that they are betraying us.”—“No, no, that will discourage too much. Let us go
and do the business without them, and they must quickly follow us."
In the mean time, the deputies resumed their deliberations. Sebastiani, Bertin de Vaux, and Villemain, in turn, insisted upon this position, that they must scrupulously separate the King from the Ministers. “ The Ordonnances,” urged these gentlemen, “ are the last consequence of the system of the 8th August. His Majesty will now be gracious enough to perceive that he is in error, and will condescend to change his system. This must be the object of all our resolutions.” This view seemed very constitutional to the great majority, for it promised place. It was resolved to write a respectful letter to the King. Mauguin could not conceal his disgust.
M. Labbey de Pompières.-“Well, Gentlemen, I see that
have nothing more 66 We can only watch the progress of events,”, observed M. Perier, like a first-rate stock-jobber watching the turn of the market.
Several Deputies. — “Well! we must meet again this evening."
Others.- “ No, no; to-morrow will do.”
“ At any rate, Gentlemen,” observed M. Perier, “I think we had better conceal the place of our
meetings. This publicity is very inconvenient. My house is always at your service; but really it is too near the Ministers. I must, therefore, request you to fix upon some other ; because you
“ Certainly, certainly," said M. Sebastiani ; “especially if affairs unfortunately become more serious."
“ Well, then, Gentlemen,” said M. Audry de Puyraveau, “my house is ever at your service; and rest assured that you shall be safe there, for I promise you a guard.”
The deputies quitted the house of M. Casimir Perier with great precaution, stealing out, in general one by one, occasionally arm in arm.