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Notwithstanding the continuation of hostilities, the hopes of the patriots are elevated by the affair at Versailles. The horses of the Prussians were paraded in the Place de la Concorde, and a squadron of cavalry galloped to the Tuileries with two standards taken in the action. Cannonading, and even musquetry, have been very distinctly heard all the evening; and from the hill, above the palace of the King of Rome, the smoke of a fusillade very clearly seen.
The chambers broke up early this evening. The representatives were chiefly occupied, after the messages of government were received, in hearing a report from the commission appointed to provide for Napoleon and his family, which' recommended, on the demand of the ex-emperor's librarian, M. Berlier, that the library of Trianon, containing about 2,200 volumes, should be allotted to him, as also the Ichono, graphie Grecque of M. Visconti, and the two numbers of the great Description of Egypt, for which he had made a special request. Con. sidering that more than 62,000 volumes were collected by Napoleon, and that the Description of Egypt was commenced under his auspices, you will not be much surprised that the chamber assented to the proposal of the commissioners, and added to these the third number of
the Description of Egypt when it should appear.
The chamber voted a resolution of thanks to the armies and national guards, and to the federates who pacified La Vendée. The number of commissaries to the army were augmented.
I should mention that in this, as well as in the previous sittings, addresses from corps. of federates in various parts of France, swearing to maintain the national independence, have been read to the chamber. The abbé Gregoire has also prayed, by a letter, that the abolition of the slave trade may not be forgotten in the forthcoming constitution.
In the house of peers to-day, Count Thibaudeau reported from the committee appointed to examine the address to the people by the representatives, “that the address was recommended to be adopted by the house :” he made a long speech, tending to show from Lord Clancarty's letter, and the Emperor of Austria's declaration, that, if the allies kept to their engagements, they would not interfere in the election of the French monarch. It was ordered to be printed and distributed by a majority of 44 to 6. The chamber adopted the address, and separated at four o'clock in the afternoon.
Every thing is perfectly tranquil in the town;
the gardens of the Tuileries are more frequented than usual; and, from the Boulevard Montmartre to the Chinese Baths, there are no less than twenty cabinets for the readers of the journals, who assist their speculations by the numerous maps of the seat of war, that is to say, the villages near Paris, which are hung upon every stall. The Français and the Operahouse are shut, but the other playhouses still continue open. The number of peasants who have been driven in by the enemy amount, it is said, to at least thirty thousand. Their little carts loaded with mattrasses and household furniture, in which are seated the women and children and aged, are still seen traversing the streets. Where they find an asylum I know not. No apprehension is yet entertained for the failure of provisions ; 1200 oxen yesterday entered Paris from the fair of Poissy, and a great number of Lorrain provision-carts have also arrived.
Monday night, July 3,
It was known early this morning that there had been partial actions yesterday at Nanterre, at Sèvres, and upon different points on the right bank of the Seine, between Neuilly and Argen, teuil, that Versailles had been retaken, and the bridge of Choissy occupied by the Prussians.
The Prussians and English passed the night in intrenching themselves in the wood of Meudon and Versières, and advanced early this morning to the villages of Vauvres and Issy, as in preparation for a general attack of the combined armies on the capital: at eight o'clock the two armies were in face of each other; the French in the plain of Grenelle, and the allies in the plain beneath Meudon. Firing had been heard and seen the whole night from the heights of Chaillot, which were crowded by people with telescopes. A portion of the cavalry of the guard, which was stationed in the Champ de
Mars, rode off at eleven o'clock along the left bank of the Seine, and were the last to take up their positions, which, at twelve o'clock, seemed concluded, and left the two armies in line of battle.
Some corps of infantry, amongst which were two battalions from the higher Marne, joined the army to day. The corps of Generals La. marque and Travot are on their march to the capital. It was commonly reported early in the afternoon, that a general action was on the point of being fought. The throng and the silence, and the eager looks of the multitudes in the gardens and boulevards, the groups collected round, and trailing after two or three straggling dragoons, leading their wounded horses, or carrying orders to the head quarters of the square Vendôme-the dead, unsocial solemnity of the heavy patroles parading the streets without music-the doors of the houses and courts all shut, the upper windows opened every now and then, and occupied by female faces, as the clattering horse of a gend'arme announced the expectation of intellie gence-every appearance of anxiety and apprehension, unusual even since the commencement of the siege, was to be recognized at the