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given on this head the most positive assú
That the French plenipotentiaries “ have found in all the departments which they “ have traversed the best disposition, the inha“bitants requiring rather to be contained than “ excited; and, lastly, that the tri-coloured flags " and the national cockade, are every where
displayed in the midst of the hostile armies.”
The plenipotentiaries did not then come back by the way of St. Denis, on the steeple of whose church, whilst I held the paper in my hand, I saw the white flag. A circular of the minister of the interior, in the Moniteur of this day, also announces to the French, “ that the enemy has “ entered into a solemn engagement to respect
persons, public and private property, their in“stitutions, their authorities, and their national “ colours."
Before the chamber separated last night, M. Bedoch told the representatives, that he had seen M. le Comte de Pontécoulant at the Tuileries. “Il a dit que les puissances avaient montré des
dispositions favorables, et particulièrement l'Em
pereur Alexander; qu'il avait entendu souvent “ dire et répèter que l'intention des alliés n'était point de gêner la France dans le choix de son
gouvernement." This report was confirmed by General Sebastiani, one of the plenipotentiaries,
who was in the chamber, and who said he had nothing to add to it. Notwithstanding, however, all these assurances, an apprehension prevailed in the chamber, that an attempt would be made upon their national representation. A violent discussion took place on the subject of an adjournment. M. Regnault moved, that the sitting should not be raised, but only suspended; and M. Bedoch allowed that there was a rumour of a popular commotion, and the insurrection of a party, being about to take place the ensuing day, which the allied generals, and particularly the Prussians, had offered to prevent, by employing their battalions in maintaining the public tranquillity, and protecting the national representation.'
The alarm was natural, but was soon overcome. The chamber proceeded to vote, that their commissaries to the army should depart the next day, and adjourned to eight this morning. In the peers there is no appearance, as yet, of desertion : and Count Thibaudeau moved, that a message should be sent to the government to know what had induced it to make use of the phrase, “a cause abandoned by fortune, and the will of the nation.” It seems the words “ of a “prince," were omitted in some copies of the proclamation. There is this day a placard of
Marshal the Prince of Eckmülh, on the walls, by which he regulates the retreat of the army to Orleans; and another of Marshal Massena's, which enjoins, that every member of the national guard, and every person with a cocked hat, shall wear the tri-coloured cockade, under pain of arrest. In the chamber of representatives, this morning, the national colours were hoisted, by acclamation, on the pedestal on which the statue of Napoleon stood yesterday morning. The same standard floats on all the public monuments, and few persons are seen in the streets without this revolutionary emblem ; yet all the journals, with the exception of the Moniteur and the Independent and one evening paper, have regained their royalist facings; one of them, the Gazette de France, gives the king's proclamation of the 28th June, from Cambrai; and another asserts, that the plenipotentiaries never saw the allied sovereigns: upon this I remark, that it has not been asserted that they did. The Journal de l'Empire is abusive, and denunciatory of all the patriots, particularly M. Dumolard by name. A perseverance of two days more, on the part of the patriots, will make them recover their tone. They are sunk into the lowest contempt; and a late caricature represents their editors in different attitudes of servility and subjection.
Friday, July 7.
The gardens and all the gates of the Tuileries were this day shut and doubly guarded ; and of this measure I was unable to guess the occasion until I perused the debates of last night in the chamber of representatives, and until I met our friend
who dined yesterday with the Duke of Vicenza, and told me, that the keeper of the Tuileries had received orders from the Count of Artois to prepare his apartments in the palace, and had sent to the government to know what to do; in consequence of which he had instantly been commanded to lock up all the rooms, 'to put a double guard over them, and not suffer the court or garden gates to be opened the next day until further notice. The message from Monsieur seems to have been given in concert with a scheme laid by the royalists, to occupy, during the night, all the principal posts of the palaces by force, to overturn the government, dissolve
the two chambers, and proclaim the king. M. Bory de St. Vincent announced this plot in the chamber last night, adding, that a factious minority were afraid lest all their hopes should be crushed by the arrival of the allied sovereigns, whose liberal intentions they feared would confirm the independence of France. Some voices called for the order of the day ; but the same member continued to say, that he had himself seen some of the king's body guard in uniform; and M. Dumolard read a note banded down from the president, stating, that the government had been informed of the plot, and that Marshal Massena was on his guard to prevent it; a fact confirmed by M. Regnault de St. Jean d'Angely, who added, that, at eight o'clock in the evening, the marshal had communicated the discovery to the chiefs of the national guard, and had taken every means to thwart the designs of the traitors.
It is very clear that the royalists are afraid of the liberal intentions of the allies, (I hope they may have reason for their alarm), and that they wish to give the chiefs of the enemy an excuse for saying, that they did not place, but found, Louis upon the throne. But the government and chambers have taken the only dignified line of conduct, by refusing to lend themselves to such a subterfuge, which, perhaps, might saye