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ied to the Viscount Ossulston, now Earl of Tanconsequently the Duke de Guiche already held a n English society, calculated to ensure the best reor his brother-in-law in the first circles of London
t visit, which was but brief, the young Count, accus, manners and customs of a world of fashion differing terially from that of London, formed that hasty judg
English society, erroneous in the main, but in its apn to a portion of it, not without a certain basis of
Byron's eulogistic expressions, on the perusal of the , could not fail to be very gratifying to the writer of it. ne riper judgment, and later experience of the Count, the formation of other opinions, and induced him to destroy the diary, and the reason given for its destruction was, “ lest at any time the ideas there expressed should be put forth as his matured opinions.” Byron, in a letter to Moore, dated April 2, 1823, thus refers to the arrival at Genoa of the Blessingtons, and Count D'Orsay, a French Count, “ who has all the air of a cupidon déchaine, and is one of the few specimens I have ever seen of our ideal of a Frenchman before the Revolution."
mant D'Orsay's first visit to England.—The Count Marcellus, who
Chargé d'Affaires at the Court of London, during the
the continent in 1831. At the time of his visit to Engother-in-law, the Duke de Grammont (then Duc de Guiche), ng his exile from France, had served in the English army enth dragoons), was sojourning in London, and D'Orsay's
that occasion was to his sister and her husband. the period of Count D’Orsay's second visit to London, some hs after the French revolution of 1830, the Marshal Sebastiani 40 had married a sister of the present Duc de Grammont) was amassador at the court of St.,
d his being there was one of The inducements which he
Ho take up his abode in Lon
lon at that time.
To Lord Blessington, his Lordship writes :
April 5th, 1823. “ MY DEAR LORD, “ How is your gout? or rather how are you? I return the Count D'Orsay's journal, which is a very extraordinary production, and of a most melancholy truth in all that regards high life in England. I know, or knew personally, most of the personages and societies which he describes; and after reading his remarks, have the sensation fresh upon me as if I had seen them yesterday. I would, however, plead in behalf of some few exceptions, which I will mention by and bye. The most singular thing is how he should have penetrated not the facts, but the mystery of the English ennui, at two and twenty. I was about the same age when I made the same discovery, in almost precisely the same circles—for there is scarcely a person whom I did not see nightly or daily, and was acquainted more or less intimately with most of them—but I never could have discovered it so well, Il faut être Francais to effect this. But he ought also to have been in the country during the hunting season, with a select party of distinguished guests,' as the papers term it. He ought to have seen the gentlemen after dinner (on the hunting days), and the soirée ensuing thereupon-and the women looking as if they had hunted, or rather been hunted; and I could have wished that he had been at a dinner in town, which I recollect at Lord Cowper's small, but select, and composed of the most amusing people ... Altogether, your friend's journal is a very formidable production. Alas! our dearly-beloved countrymen have only discovered that they