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power we tremble and in whose smile

entreats your

amiable excellencies to teh we live, to assure your excellencies of the him which of you it is." great satisfaction he has had in hearing of “I tell you again, neither of us. We your safe arrival in his dominions.” can't speak a word of parley voo, and don't

The captain answered, "Tell the gentle want to. We're a couple of Yankees from man that we cannot understand why he the States." or the king should be so civil to us, as "My lord says, your honorable excelmy friend here is nothing more than a lencies, that he has had his orders from supercargo, and I only captain of a ship, our mighty king to come here and find with a cargo of piece goods. Our vessel his eminence the ambassador from the was wrecked a little way from here, and vast and glorious Republic of France, and we are only waiting to get another, and escort him up the river to Ava, that he be off, without troubling the king or any may communicate with his ever-to-bebody else.”

worshipped majesty the wishes of his The interpreter appeared to translate government. A thousand troops are waitit; the officer spoke to him again, and he ing to guard him to the river, where the said to us :

boats are ready. My lord does not care "My lord, in the name of his Majesty which of you is the ambassador; that you our most mighty king, desires to say that may settle between yourselves; but one he has heard of the vast and glorious re of you must go with him as the high and public of France, and prays that its pros noble-born ambassador of the vast and perity may be increased for ever; he also glorious Republic of France." hopes that the serene and magnificent Finding the thing becoming serious and King of the Republic of France is in per our military visitor determined to execute fect health, and victorious over all his his orders, right or wrong, we proposed enemies."

to send for Col. Symes, that he might ex" The Republic of France! The King of plain the mistake; but this the General the Republic of France! What do you would not hear of, declaring that one of mean, Mr. Interpreter ? We know no us must set off with him at once. Farthing about France: neither of us were ther resistance was impossible, and the ever there in our lives. We're Yankees, captain and I consulted which should go. not Frenchmen, thank God! However, Whether the one who went would ever you must be a little green, mister, to talk return, or if he did, how long he would about Kings of a Republic. Our country be kept, we could not tell. I could sell is a Republic, free and independent, and the piece goods, but could not sail a ship we have none of your kings there, I guess. if one were got: the captain could do both But tell the gentleman he is mistaken in without me; so we decided that, as it thinking we are Frenchmen ; though if he would not be right to abandon the piece or his Majesty want to buy any piece goods, I should give myself up to our goods, we are ready for a dicker.”

captor, for he acted like one. I then told The captain had taken a fresh quid, him again that it was all a mistake, as he shut his jack-knife with a valorous slap, would find out when we reached Ava; and was as much of a live Yankee as five but if he insisted upon taking one of us, feet eight in height and four feet round I was his man. Whereupon he salaamed the chest could make him.

me to the ground, and begged to set out After another interchange of their gib

with me at once. The captain and I had berish, the little man said again :

a brief conference about the piece goods, “My lord begs that he may be informed which I reluctantly gave over to his sinwhich of you most excellent gentlemen is gle control. I shook his hands with tears his great excellency the Ambassador of in my eyes, for I was but a boy and the vast and glorious Republic of France, feared that 'I should never see him or that he may give him especially the salu home again, and stood ready to go. The tation of his sublime Majesty, our most General called in servants with rich mighty king."

dresses, and preventing me from putting up "Tell him, I tell you, you blundering any of the clothes I had borrowed of Col. lubber, that we ain't neither of us French Symes, enveloped me in several sumptumen, nor ambassadors either. We don't ous cloaks and shawls, putting a sort of represent nothing but our owners, and a cap on my head, and preceded me down cargo of piece goods. Why don't you stairs, with many tokens of respect. On tell the gentlemen so, and be done with reaching the door, the band made a grand your humbugging !”

crash of horns, and cymbals, and drums, “My lord begs to say to your excellen to salute me, a splendidly caparisoned cies, that he cannot be mistaken; one of horse was led up, which I was told to you must be the ambassador of the vast mount, and surrounded by the troops, we and glorious Republic of France, and he went in triumph through the town. As

we passed Col. Symes' quarters, I saw ed himself, with an interpreter, bearing a him looking out of his door with great as message of welcome from the king to his tonishment, and tried to speak to him, but excellency the ambassador from the vast the guard closed up around me, and I and glorious Republic of France. I lost could only wave a sad farewell as we no time in assuring the officer, through passed on.

the interpreter, that there must have been Reaching the river side, I found the an unaccountable blunder in taking me array on the water even more imposing for an ambassador from France, as I was than that on the land. There could not not even a Frenchman, and begging him have been less than fifty boats, each of to tell the king so, that I might go back them forty feet long, broad and shallow, to the cargo of piece goods which had and filled with oarsmen. First in one went been intrusted to my care.

The only anthe General and his officers, then in another swer I got was that the king hoped the the horrible band; then I followed, the most honorable ambassador would find only passenger, in the most highly decora himself satisfied with the arrangements ted of them all; then another boat with made for his comfort during his stay in my cooks and their apparatus ; then boats the city. Another weary day, and anothladen deep with provisions, boats with my er, and another, when the officer again wardrobe, from which several times a day came to say that the king hoped in a short changes of dress were brought me, and, time to have a conference with the ambasas far as I could see, boats filled with sador respecting a commercial treaty, soldiers and attendants. Every night which his majesty was glad to hear the (and we were several days on the voyage) Republic of France wished to make with we went ashore, and they built me a him. More earnestly than ever I entreathouse, which was pulled down the next ed the interpreter, who spoke English morning, according to their custom, which quite well, to let the king know how much does not allow an inferior person to live I was embarrassed by the mistaken noin a house which had once been occupied tion that I was any thing else than a suby one of my supposed rank. Every

percargo of a large venture in piece goods, luxury they could procure was spread and that the interests of my principals on my table. I had no reason to complain might suffer severely from my involuntary of my living, though the dishes were absence. A low salaam as the officer strange to me, and I had to eat them

left me was his only reply. Every morning without knife or fork. There was no the same was repeated, I becoming each end to the distant honors they paid me, time more urgent for an interview, that but I was very lonely with none to talk the vexatious blunder might be put an to, and no one to understand a word I end to, but in vain. My quarters were said when any one came near enough. good, my table well supplied with their My thoughts were very sad, and my ap curious dishes and a profusion of French prehensions of danger constant. I felt wines. If I intimated a wish to go out. like a gayly dressed beast going to a my horse came immediately to the door; slaughter-house; and not a little of my but I could go nowhere without a close trouble rose from anxiety about the piece guard of cavalry about me. On one of goods.

those excursions I saw my friend Col. In this way we pulled up the river until

Symes in a sort of balcony, who recogwe arrived at the city, where thousands nized me, changed as my appearance was, of troops, with yet more dissonant and yet could not get near enough to speak to louder music, awaited my landing. A him, for my escort hurried on, with loud splendid horse was brought for me, which, shouts of " Honor to the illustrious amafter putting on the finest of the dresses, bassador of the vast and glorious Repubmaking me look more like a woman than lic of France!” the language of which, by à man, I mounted. The whole population this time, I had learned only too well. were in the streets gazing on the splendid Three months and more passed on in procession, which conducted me to a house this way, when at last the officer anas grand as a palace in the middle of the nounced that his majesty had been pleased town. There scores of servants anticipa to appoint the next day for the appearted all my wants, and a bed like one of ance at Court of the ambassador of the our own, only more showily decorated Republic of France. Now, thought I, my awaited my repose. That night, over troubles will be at an end, for the king come by fatigue of mind and body, I slept will certainly see that a smooth-chinned soundly, forgetting my utter loneliness lad of nineteen, who cannot speak any among thousands who were as ignorant language but English, could never be the of my language as I was of theirs. ambassador of the French republic.

The next morning, after my solitary Accordingly, at the hour, robed in the breakfast, an officer of the court present ceremonial garments they brought me, I

set out with ten times my ordinary escort of a treaty which we will now consider to the palace, which was near the city definitely fixed, awaiting only your signagate, the procession taking a wide detour ture and that of my minister, when the through the principal streets, while the sol instrument shall have been prepared as it diers and populace redoubled their accla will be to-morrow. I shall also cause your mations in honor of the ambassador from government to be made acquainted with the Republic of France. On entering the the profound regard I entertain for your palace; I was ushered into a large hall, skill in managing the negotiations. Wishfilled with a multitude of people squatting ing you all personal happiness, I part from on their legs, their heads bowed to the you with the hope that your diplomatic ground in the direction of an opening at career will be always as successful, though the upper end, screened by a curtain. The I must add that never before (and here attendants led me to the front and then an arch expression betrayed itself at the with courteous but irresistible strength, corner of his mouth) have I transacted forced me down to the true posture of the business with so young an ambassador.” rest. After waiting some little time, the The audience was over, and under a curtain was drawn aside, and the king en grand escort I returned to my lodgings. throned on a sort of wagon was wheeled That night a half dozen inen carried me into the apartment. The multitude beat in a closed palanquin to the river, put me their heads on the floor in silence, when in a small boat, and without any other athe beckoned me to draw near to him. tendants pulled me night and day down

“ I have the high felicity," said he, by the river to the coast, where I found the an interpreter, “ of seeing the ambassador captain just ready to sail in a barque he of the Republic of France at my court." had loaded with our piece goods. After a

“Your Majesty is very much mistaken," few days we were off, and I had no desire I replied, “I am not a French ambassador, whatever to change again the Yankee superbut a young American sent out by cargo for a French ambassador. Our sub& Co. of

as supercargo of a vessel sequent trading was not unprofitable, and iaden with piece goods, which was unfor though the wreck and delays occasioned tunately wrecked near the mouth of the temporary losses, we made a good voyage river, and I entreat your Majesty to let me for our owners. I retained some relics of yo back to my duties."

my involuntary grandeur, and among the “I have unmeasured satisfaction in

rest a little ebony casket, on opening hearing from you, most distinguished sir," which I found a permit from his Majesty the king answered, “the pleasing assu of Ava to bring two cargoes of piece goods rances of friendship and good will from so into his dominions duty free; a privilege vast and glorious a republic as that of I availed myself of, sending, however, France.”

another supercargo, as I had no notion of “I brought no such message, please running the risk of being taken again your Majesty, and never told the inter for a Frenchman or an ambassador. preter any thing of the kind. He deceives You have looked and laughed increduyou, and will not tell you what I say.” lously, gentlemen, during my story; but

" I know now,” the king rejoined,“ what the secret of the mystery was simply this: the wishes of the Republic of France are, Col. Symes* was eager to press upon Burand will give my prime minister orders to mah a commercial treaty, which the king draw up a treaty on that basis, which to was disinclined to for many reasons, yet morrow will be submitted for your Ex fearing British anger, he temporized with cellency's approval."

the cunning of a semi-barbarian, and to " Please your Majesty, I have stated no put off the Colonel, he passed me off, as he such thing. I cannot negotiate with thought, for an ambassador from France, your minister for France. I said that I excusing himself from an audience to was only a supercargo of a speculation in Symes on the ground that he was unwilpiece goods, and it is the fault of the in ling at once to break with the French, terpreters that your Majesty did not know though unwilling to grant them terms. this long ago. I have been putting you Whether or not he succeeded in deceiving to expense and wasting several months Col. Symes, you can judge ; but the ruse for nothing, and I earnestly entreat your answered his purpose for the time. It Majesty to let me go back to my captain did not, however, console me to discover and the cargo.

that I had been made an unconscious With a benign smile the king rose and agent in baflling so long my kind English addressed me:

friend, who subsequently, however, suc“I cannot express my satisfaction with ceeded in making a treaty with the your cordial assent to the proposed plan king.

* We do not remember positively that the officer alluded to was Col. Symes; but the name resembled Symes; and as a Col. Symes did, about that time, visit Ava on an embassy, we think it so probable that he was the man, as to risk inserting the name.


[We have received the following communication from the Rev. John H. Hanson, (author of the article in our February number, entitled, “Have we a Bourbon among us ? ") wherein he reviews the new work of Beaucheene on the reported death of the Dauphin in the Temple, and also gives the particulars of more testimony which has come to his knowledge in relation to this interesting subject, since his first article was published, among which is a letter from the Prince de Joinville in reference to the matter. The work of Beauchesne appeared in Paris nearly simultaneously with the publication of the Bourbon article here. The character of Mr. Hanson does not permit a question of his integrity in the statements he makes or a suspicion that he has any other motive than to throw light on a “ historic doubt," which has long been entertained by eminent writers on both sides of the Atlantic. In publishing his communication, we do not in any manner make ourselves parties to the controversy, except to vouch for the respectability and integrity of our correspondent. The public most draw their own conclusions after hearing the arguments on either side.-Editors.]



minuteness of his knowledge, and his acazine articlet appear before the to all conceivable authorities, he world at nearly the same time, but in two copies the washing bills of the Prince in different hemispheres. They stand in irre prison, notes down every handkerchief and concilable antagonism. The pressure of shirt, and concludes by presenting us his circumstances compels the author of the one heart, with a medical certificate attached to be the reviewer of the other. Shrinking to it. himself from no severity of criticism, he can His convictions of the Dauphin's death hesitate at none.

have, he says, for him, “the character of a “Louis of France, the seventeenth of that certainty authentically demonstrated," and name, lived only ten years, two months and he exclaims, “A curse upon me, if my mind two days,” is the opening sentence, and the in possession of the truth, should suffer my fundamental proposition of the book, to pen to lie." I accord to him all the credit prove which, in the most complete man for legitimist feeling which he claims, and ner, all the evidence which literary re thank him for the aid which he has rensearch can discover in France, is collected dered to the development of the truth, by and displayed with an imposing minute placing before the world, in detail and ness of detail. The articie, on the contrary, without disguise, all that can be said in asserts the probable existence, at this mo proof of the Dauphin's death. ment, in New York, of the individual whose The first volume begins by describing death Parisian officials have certified. If the last days spent by the royal family at M. Beauchesne has proved his point, no Versailles, and closes with the first period thing more can be said.

of their sojourn in the prison of the Temple, The task before me is a very simple one: which terminated with the decapitation of viz., l. To state clearly the evidence pro Louis XVI. The second volume carries on duced by M. Beauchesne, and test its the history until the asserted death and strength; and provided it shall


inad burial of Louis XVII., embracing an ac. equate to establish the point desired by him, count of the death of Marie Antoinette and then, 2. To offer such confirmation as I can the princess Elizabeth, and of the treatof the proposition presented in my article. ment and position of the Dauphin under M. Beauchesne hus written, he says, to re the successive keepers who had charge of move all future doubt, by setting the whole him until his disappearance. Simon was truth so clearly and fully before the appointed his preceptor on the 3d July, world, that incredulity must stand for ever 1793, and occupied this post till January silenced.

19, 1794. During the next six months Beyond the work before me, I have no ending July 27, 1794, he was left without means of ascertaining the social position, any especial guardian beside the keepers or the political principles of M. Beau of the prison, and spent his time in the chesne. He assumes, invariably, the tone most frightful solitude and misery. This of an adherent of monarchy-à legitimist state of things was put an end to by the in heart and soul-who has written the appointment of Laurent, to whom Gomin mournful biography of the Royal martyr, was added, November 8, 1794, and on the as a sacred duty to the innocent memory 31st March, 1795, Laurent having resigned, of one who inherited so many glories. He Lasne became his keeper in conjunction would have us know all about him. He with Gomin, and these two men remained does not spare us a sigh or a suffering, an with him until May 31st, around the transindignity, a tear or a terror. We hear all, actions of which day, and the few followand we see all, to the last flash of his expir. ing ones, all the interest of this mysteriing eye, and the last half-finished sentence ous drama is centred. which issued from his feeble lips; and as if The point of attraction must necessarily to assure us of the unfailing certainty and be the closing scene, and the confirmation,

* Louis XVII, sa vie, son agonie, sa mort, captivité de la famille royale au Templo; Quyre enrichi d'autographes, de portraits et de plans, par M. A Beauchesne. Tom. II. Paris: 1853.

+ Have we a Bourbon among us?

or the discredit, which it affords to the the schemes and plots of which he was the statements recently made concerning, an centre, the poor innocent was dozing away interesting and respectable individual his captive life with mind so prostrated among us.

I shall therefore proceed to and enfeebled by suffering, that it could lay before the reader, all which seems ne with difficulty be roused to pay the slightest cessary to the formation of an impartial attention to any thing. opinion on the particular point under dis The Temple was a massive square Tower, cussion.

built by the Templars, having circular turRising slowly, like a wave, in 1789, the rets at each angle, in one of which was the revolution attained its full sweep and staircase, which wound uninterruptedly to most terrifie height in 1794. The throne, the top of the building, and at each landing the church, reason, humanity, had been there were two doors, one of oak, the other carried away in its progress. The very of iron. The Tower was divided into four framework of society itself was next to per stories, beside the basement. In the second ish. There was to be war to the knife, of the Dauphin was confined, and Madame poor against rich, of all who had nothing, Royale (his sister) in the third. The time against every one who had any thing. But which I will choose for our visit is Feb, 27th, Robespierre fell from his dizzy elevation of 1795. The young prince was then under infernal power when the force which car the care of Laurent and Goinin. The day ried him there had exhausted its utmost before, the civil commissioners had reported capacities of rising higher. The wave bent to the committee of general safety that the its bloody crest, broke, burst, and was no prisoner was in a very dangerous condition, more. Men breathed as with recovered life. and they accordingly appointed Harmand The times were still turbulent, but there one of their number to visit him, and rewas a feeling that the crisis had passed, and port. . Harmand went to the Tower with that peace and security were coming. There two of his colleagues, MM. Matthieu and was no man in Paris to take the place of Reverchon. Passing through the ante-chamthe tyrant who had fallen. The Convention ber, they entered the apartment and found governed, but no individual was prominent, it agreeable and well lighted, not withstandand it was impossible to foresee who would ing the cross bars of iron and the thickness arise to grasp the reins of power, or from of the walls in which they were set. The what quarter he would come. The mili prince himself was seated at a little table tary chieftains who valiantly maintained amusing himself with a pack of cards, the renown of the republic in the field, which he placed in the form of boxes and seemed animated, not by personal ambition, houses. Entirely unmindful of the presence but by patriotic ardor, and appeared content of the deputies, he continued his amuseto wear their laurels without dreaming of ment. Harmand and his companions made converting them into crowns. Napoleon every effort in their power to draw his Bonaparte was an undistinguished name. attention, and extract from him a word or Weak minds still imagined the possibility look; but amid all their promises of toys of permanently establishing the republic and companions, and requests to know in in France. The monarchical faction well what manner his sufferings could be reknew that such a system of centreless im lieved, he continued to gaze vacantly at becility could not long maintain itself, his cards or upon the wall

, without the and Paris was full of intriguers and agents most remote sign that he saw or heard of the Count de Provence, afterwards Louis them. As the civil commissioners, when XVIII. Between this person and the throne interrogated before the committee of genthere was only one impediment; a weak, eral safety respecting the ailments of the sickly, imbecile boy, in the Temple. Upon Prince, had informed them that he had the execution of Louis XVI., de Provence swellings upon all his joints, tumeurs à had proclaimed this boy King under the title toutes les articulations,and particularly at of Louis XVII., and made himself the the knecs, Harmand finding he could exnominal regent, pledging himself solemnly tract nothing from him said to him, as he in the proclamation which he issued at the stood by his right side, “Sir, have the time to attempt the liberation of the cap goodness to give me your hand.” He gave tive monarch from the Temple. The cor it, continues Harmand, in his account of ruption of thc nation was felt in the the interview, and I felt in extending my highest ranks of society; and not only movement up to the arm-pit, a tumor at did Philip Egalité vote for the death the wrist and another at the elbow, like knots. of his relative, but de Provence himself They did not appear to be painful, for the was withheld by no scruples of conscience Prince showed no sign of their being so. or delicacy of feeling, from corresponding “ The other hand, sir.” He presented it; with Robespierre. He is known to have there were none. “Permit me, sir, to feel been most anxious to obtain royal power, also your legs and your knees.” He rose. and was naturally impatient of the inter I found the same swellings upon the two vening obstacle. The republicans, on the knees, under the knuckle. Pray mark all other hand, were equally puzzled as to this for future reference. One single remark, what course they should pursue respect however, before we dismiss Harmand. He ing the child, whose restoration, if he did not write this account until 1814, after lived, seemed so probable. Unconscious of the accession of Louis XVIII., who with

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