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jesty," said M. Guizot: Se it is already sent to the printer's, and, in all probability, it will be ready to-morrow.”
pe 7. “ A protest ! poh! To-morrow--pah!"
PRIVATE MEETING OF THE
AT M. BÉRARD'S, JULY 28., FOUR O'CLOCK.
At four o'clock they met at M. Bérard's; but, in the mean time, the Hôtel de Ville had been retaken by the troops. * In other quarters, the populace had been repulsed. Ardour and defiance had now given way to terror and despair. It was thought to be all over. The attendance of the deputies was very thin indeed.
The Commissioners made their report. Indignant at the answer of the Marshal, several deputies declared the civil war commenced, and proposed to head the people: a proposition received with profound silence. The meeting broke into desultory conversation, chiefly on the subject of personal safety.
66 They say that Paris is in a state of siege.” 6 It is, positively."
* Such was the rumour: but it is meant, that the troops had repulsed the people from the Place de Grève.
6 Shall you sleep at home to-night?” 6 Why?"
66 It is said that there is an intention of arresting several deputies.”
66 The devil !”
“ You are right. Let us look to ourselves : these fellows would do any thing.”
“ I wish I knew how it would end.”
A brace of journalists were now introduced. This' meeting in no way assumed the appearance of a deliberative assembly. Every one seemed to think only of his own safety ; dismay was on every countenance.
The journalists brought a printed proof of the protest. They had taken upon themselves, after consulting two or three of the deputies, to erase every expression of devotion to the King.
This circumstance excited murmurs among the Deputies. “ They could not think of compromising themselves; they were afraid.” Here several citizens who were in the room entreated them to adopt it. “We engage to defend you young France will defend you-will perish for you. But, for God's sake, interfere ! The
PRIVATE MEETING OF THE
Sac DEPUTIES ,...
AT M. AUDRY DE PUYRAVEAU'S, JULY 28.
On the morrow, before noon, the court and offices of the house of M. Audry de Puyraveau were filled with citizens, many of them armed. The deputies arrived slowly. Many of them, before they entered, conversed with the surrounding groups, who urged them to second the people. There had been some sharp fighting on the previous evening. . ..
There was at length a tolerably numerous assemblage of deputies. M. Dupin was no longer present. Casimir Perier and Sebastiani insisted upon the exclusion of the Press. “I wish I could let you in,” said Audry to a complaining journalist; “we want a little gunpowder; but they insist upon being private.”
M. Mauguin opened business. “ Gentlemen, you wished yesterday to await the progress of events. Well, events have progressed; and I think they speak a sufficiently plain language. They fought all yesterday evenine. They have been fighting this morning ever since dawn. Even now you can hear the thunder of the artillery, and the volleys of the platoons. You must have observed in your way masses of indignant citizens ready to take up arms, and march to battle. The people are awake, Gentlemen, if you are not. There is no question now as to our course. Here is a revolution, and we must conduct it ": - Agitation, interruption, - MM. Sebastiani and Villemain speaking at the same time. - 6 Yes, Gentlemen !” exclaimed M. Mauguin, raising his voice above the storm ; – “Yes, Gentlemen, I repeat, a revolution; and we must side either with the guards or the people.” · M. Charles Dupin (jumping up). — “ If you decide upon any conduct which the least impugns our legality, I, for one, retire.”
M. Sebastiani. " And I also. We are not here to fight, but to maintain order.”
M. Lafayette (with a smile). — “I confess that I have some difficulty in comprehending the legality of yesterday's Moniteur, and the fusillades of the last two days.”
M. Guizot. “What I have to observe I shall divide under two heads. With regard to the first, it is of the highest importance that we should not