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the enthusiasm for the Allied that M. de Talleyrand should be Armies after they entered Paris retained in office. was immense, and that

the fickle Parisian mobs made The following is from a letthemselves hoarse with shout- ter of my uncle, Lord Charles ing 66 Vive nos amis les en- Percy, dated Paris, 8th July nemis !”

1815: Before Louis XVIII.

“Lord Wellington decided to obliged to fly from Paris, the enter Paris yesterday. I be19th March 1815, he sent for lieve

of the Prussians Fouché and wished him to take knew of it; I am sure none of the department of the Police. his A.D.C.'s did. They, poor Fouché informed the King that souls, were left in a state of it was too late, and frankly edifying ignorance of all his told him his reasons for think- measures, even of those of the ing so.

least importance, so much so M. Blacas, who was present, that when we left headquarters twice interrupted him by say- upon our respective horses, not ing, “Monsieur Fouché, you one of the company, except the forget that you are speaking to Lord Paramount, knew how he the King."

was to enter it [Paris]—whether Fouché, indignant at being in state or not, and if there was interrupted, turned upon Blacas, to be a review previously. and retorted: "Monsieur Blacas, 66 The result was that he rode your impertinence compels me into Paris, followed by his to tell his Majesty that you suite, without demonstration were fourteen years in my pay of any kind, nor were there

a spy upon him when he twenty people assembled. His was in England !”

house is situated at the extremThe King burst into tears, ity of the Champs Elysées and and broke up the conference. the Place Louis Quinze, there

When Talleyrand returned fore, before any rumour could from the Congress, the Duc de reach the inhabitants, he was Berry persuaded the King to safely housed. The tricolor flag dismiss him, and at his first continued to fly over the Tuilaudience with Louis XVIII. eries, the Invalides, and the the King was markedly cold Place Vendôme, and the Corps to the great Minister. Talley- Législatif continued their sitrand demanded an explanation, tings under the accursed ensign and was informed that he was as if the city had not capituno longer in the King's con- lated and they were still masfidence.

ters of their own proceedings. Talleyrand went privately to “Twenty thousand Prussians the Duke of Wellington, with marched immediately into the the result that the Duke told town, and the boulevards were the King that the only condi- crowded to see the sight; but tion upon which he would sup- no feeling was discoverable. port his Majesty's interests was The English troops are




camped in the Bois de Boulogne of York, Clarence, and Kent and have possession of the opposite. Barriers, but are not to take “The company stood in an up their quarters at all within elongated semicircle the whole the walls of Paris.”

length of the room. The Prince Extracts from Lord Charles

Regent stood in front of the

altar, a little to the right. Percy's Journal.

When everybody was settled in “On Thursday, the 2nd May their place, the Lord Chamber1816, I received an order from lain returned to the closet and Lord Hertford to command my brought forward Prince Leopold attendance at Carlton House, to dressed as a full general. He be present at the marriage of walked up to the altar, bowed H.R.H. Princess Charlotte Au- to the Prince, Queen, and Royal gusta to the Prince of Coburg Family, and looked a little disat 8, or between 8 and 9 o'clock tressed. The Lord Chamberlain

then returned for Princess “Accordingly, at half - past Charlotte, and every eye was eight o'clock I reached Carlton fixed on the door in silence. She House. Pall Mall was pretty came forward, neither looking full of people; guard of honour to the right nor to the left, in the courtyard, &c.

dressed in white tissue, with “I was conducted through diamonds round her head, and the great hall to room in no feathers.

The Prince Regent which were the foreigners, great led her up to the altar and officers, &c., and in a few minutes pressed her hand affectionately; Princess Charlotte's old and new she betrayed no other emotion establishment were ordered into than blushing deeply. The the room, where the Queen's Archbishop of Canterbury comattendants were. Loud cheer- menced the service, which he ing announced the arrival of read distinctly, though somePrince Leopold, and in about a what tremulously, and Princess quarter of an hour we all moved Charlotte was very attentive to forward to be present at the the service, repeating the prayers ceremony.

to herself after him. “The Queen and the Prin- " When he addressed himself cesses Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, to Prince Leopold, Will you and Sophia of Gloucester were take this woman, Charlotte, to led out into the room appro- be your wedded wife?' the priated for the ceremony, and Prince answered in a low voice. there was, of course, consider- When he addressed a similar able crowding after them. question to Princess Charlotte,

“When I got into the ball- she answered, 'I will,' very room I went round behind the decidedly, and in rather too Queen and Royal Family. The loud a voice. She looked very Queen sat on a sofa to the left handsome, and her manner was of the altar, the Princesses in resolute and dignified, without a row on her right, the Dukes being bold.


“Immediately after the ser- pensed. About one o'clock the vice she threw herself upon her Royal Family returned to Buckknees, and seized the Prince ingham House, and the Prince Regent's hand, kissing it with kept some of the Ministers and every appearance of affection household to supper. and gratitude. He, in return, kissed her on the forehead and “ November the 6th was raised her up. She then kissed heavy day in these kingdoms. the Queen's hand, and then the Princess Charlotte died at 2 A.M., Princesses on the cheek. She after being delivered of a stillkissed Princess Mary repeatedly, born son at 9 the previous evenand said to her, 'You are a dear, ing, and having got through her good creature, and I love you labour favourably. The calamvery much !' She shook hands ity was first announced to Lord with the ladies who came up Bathurst and the Duke of York, to congratulate her, saying to who were nearest to Claremont. them, “Did I not behave well? The Duke and Lord Bathurst could

you hear all my answers?' met at York House, and at once “The signatures then took proceeded to Carlton House, place, by the Queen and the having first of all sent an exRoyal Family, the Officers of press thither to prepare the State, &c. This was a tedious Prince Regent. When they arbusiness, and after it was over rived at Carlton House they the Royalties returned into the found that the Prince, who had closet. The procession of Royal- been absent, had already arrived, ties closed with the Princess and was lying down, having Charlotte and the Prince of Co- missed the messenger on the burg, who received the con- road. Finding no tidings await

, gratulations of the company as ing him at Carlton House, the they passed. Mr Disbrowe sum- Prince had sent to the 'Home moned me to the closet, where Office, and there learned that Princess Charlotte presented me Princess Charlotte had been to the Queen, and I kissed hands. delivered of a still-born son, but

“Princess Charlotte and her was going on very favourably. husband left the house and drove Bloomfield immediately through the parks to Oatlands summoned, and told to comPark. I ought to have been municate the deplorable event there to hand H.R.H. into the to the Prince. This he refused carriage, but I did not know to do, saying that he thought it that I had to do so, and there would kill him. The Duke of fore was absent. After the de- York therefore told him to go parture a circle was made, and into the Prince's room and anthe Queen went round with the nounce to him his and Lord Prince Regent.

Bathurst's arrival from Clare“The Queen then played at mont, intending thereby to cards. The Princesses sat in alarm him and in some manner different rooms, and ices, tea, prepare him for the intelligence. and bridecake were liberally dis- The message, unhappily, had no




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such effect, and when they en- and Sir William Keppel. The tered his room the Prince said, whole road from London was It is a sad disappointment to covered with carriages, carame, and will be so to the country, vans, horsemen, and pedestrians but, thank God, my daughter is all hurrying to Windsor. We doing very well.'

reached the Queen's lodge, “ A long pause succeeded his ready dressed, at about a quarwords, and then Lord Bathurst ter before four. There apsaid, 'Sir, I am sorry to say peared to be no assemblingour news is bad.'

room prepared,

prepared, but two or What is it?' asked the three dinners. I went through Prince. 'I command you to the garden to the Lower Lodge, tell me instantly the whole ex- where were the Prince of Cotent of my misfortune.' They burg and his attendants, and then announced the death, and also those of the late Princess. the Prince remained for some In the garden I met the Dukes minutes aghast and speechless, of Sussex and Cumberland reholding his hands to his head. turning from paying Prince He then rose and fell into the Leopold a visit. On reaching Duke of York's arms, weeping the Lodge, I received a paper bitterly.

of instructions, ticket, scarf, “ Lord Bathurst and the and hatband of crape. Duke of York afterwards re- mained at the Lodge and dined turned to Claremont, where with Baron Hasdenbrock, Colthey found Prince Leopold as onels Addenbroke and Gardcomposed as he could be in his iner, Sir Robert Gardiner, and broken-hearted state.

Dr Short. " When Sir Richard Croft “Before dinner the Prince announced to Princess Charlotte of Coburg retired into the room that her child was still - born, where the coffin was. His dinshe said, 'I am satisfied. God's ner was sent from our table, will be done!'

so was also that of Lady John “ The Prince of Coburg is Thynne and Mrs Campbell

. overwhelmed by his bereave- During dinner Prince Leopold ment. He follows the wheel- sent down for some woodcock. tracks of the carriage in which " After dinner I wished to they last drove together. He go into the room where the was much shocked at her em- coffin was, but the Prince had balmment, which was unex- again gone to it. pected, and, having got into “ About a quarter past seven the room unobserved with the a royal carriage conveyed Baron coffin, was found on his knees Hasdenbrock, Sir Robert Gardalmost senseless.

iner, and myself to the cloister "I went yesterday (Novem- door. We had to wait at least ber 18) down to Windsor, to be an hour, and there was a good present at the funeral of Prin- deal of talking, which was the cess Charlotte, with the Lord- reason, I suppose, why I found Steward, Lord Cholmondeley, the ceremony so little affecting.

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“Prince Leopold and the troops presented instead of ladies walked, supported by grounding their arms. Hasthe Dukes of York and Clar- denbrock, by Prince Leopold's ence, after the coffin.

The command, wrote to Bloomfield Prince was crying, and his to beg that the Prince Regent lips quivered violently. They would order a vacant place to sat down on three chairs, cov- be left by Princess Charlotte's ered with black velvet, in front coffin for his own, which was of the altar. The service was done.” 1 very badly performed by the Dean of Windsor, who, when No one who did not live in he left his stall, instead of the days of the passing of the going up to the coffin, read Reform Bill can imagine the the service over the heads of excitement which it produced the chief mourners and sup- in the country. porters. He also read the My uncle Hugh (the Duke of prayers consigning the body Northumberland) wrote to my to the dust before it was low- father to ask him if he would ered into the grave.

Then come with all his family to followed some singing, also ill Alnwick from Scotsbridge, our performed. It was like a stage house in Hertfordshire, saying burial, as the coffin seemed to that the castle could be armed be lowered down through a and provisioned if a revolution trap - door, and no dust was broke out. My father, howcast upon it.

ever, did not take so alarming “The ceremony concluded by a view of the situation. After Sir Isaac Heard, the Garter the bill was passed, RickmansKing-at-Arms, in his full robes, worth, the little town near us, a very old man, rehearsing her was illuminated.

Only Scotsstyle, &c.

This he did in a bridge and the vicarage were very feeling manner, and was

not so.

The mob forced their overcome that he dropped way into the backyard of into the arms of the persons Scotsbridge, saying that if my behind him at the conclusion. father would not illuminate Prince Leopold then retired, they would break all the wingiving orders that the vault dows and enter the house. should be left open in order My father loaded his rethat he might pay a last fare- volver, and sent out word that well to the coffin. The rest he would shoot the first man of the assembly then dispersed dead who crossed the threshold pell-mell, having first crowded of a door that led into the hall, round the vault and cast a sor- where we were all assembled. rowing look at the coffin depos- The message had a salutary ited in its final receptacle. effect, and after breaking some

“It is singular that the windows the mob withdrew to

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1 As Prince Leopold became King of the Belgians, this, of course, was not ultimately carried into effect.



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