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highest, she found it more lucrative than the visiter into the retired study, and there having highest walks have been often found to be by seated him upon the sofa, take his own place those who have even gloriously pursued them. in the arm-chair before the secretary, and with She has left a considerable fortune.
imposing gravity of manner, commence his leeReports have been current of late that our
ture of course upon the seriousness and imporbachelor President was hastening to avail himself
tance of matrimony. We are not informed of his present high political position to assure whether M. L., with the docility befitting his age, him an eligible matrimonial union: and the de- heard the lecture to the end; but it appears cer
tain that the result of this first visit was so satisparture upon a mysterious foreign embassy of a high officer of his household gave colour to the factory that the second interview was determined reports.
He had an eye not only to present con-upon. M. Foy interrogated his voluminous portvenience, but to requisites which would satisfy
folio with accustomed success. From his long the exigencies of what he hoped would be ere
lists of ladies to marry, he selected several to be long his own more elevated rank. A royal daugh
submitted to his client. Of them M. L. chose ter of Sweden was the chosen fair one, already
Mlle. C., who with no fortune it seems worth a relative of the President, he being her uncle speaking of, was represented to possess all the à la mode de Bretagne. She is a grand-daughter qualities which the disinterested M. L. desired on her mother's side of Eugene Beauharnais, in a wife. Thereupon the following contract who was the brother of Hortense, mother of the was signed between the parties. The contract President. I thought it, from the first, hardly does not appear fairly engrossed, written out with probable that a royal family would receive as a
the hand for this particular occasion. Like a member the mere president of a republic, of so
man overwhelmed with business, M. F. produced ill-assured position, of such doubtful future, and from his drawer a printed form similar to the law. to speak most favorably, of very questionable per- blanks left for names and descriptions were filled
forms met with in our lawyers' offices. The sonal value. The Moniteur du Soir has just taken the trouble formally to deny the truth of these up with the pen: and the document then read as reports.
follows. You will perceive it is in the most ap
proved and imposing technical form. I gave in one of my late letters an account “Between the undersigned Henry Charles Nawhich it was supposed would be interesting to poleon de Foy, negotiator of marriages, patented most of your readers, of the courtiers de mariage exclusively ad hoc, under the No. 212, residing at (marriage brokers or professional match-makers) Paris, Enghiep street, 34 bis, of the one part, and of Paris. To-day I add a sort of postscript which M. Lebreton, former theatrical director, residing at will complete the information contained in that Paris, Tower of Auvergne street, 18, of the other letter, and at the same time render an act of jus- part, has been determined upon and agreed as tice to French legislation. It is not perhaps the follows: the only discrepancy which could be signalized “M. Lebreton having made known to M. de between the laws of France and its customs in Foy his wish to be married, the parties have conrelation to marriage.
tracted and taken respectively the engagements M. Foy, the “negociateur en mariages” who hereinafter mentioned: figured so honorably in my letter, the same to “ Art. 1.-M. de Foy promises to take all the whom the visit there described was made, has steps understood to be consistent with, and relately had to do with a most ungrateful client, quired by, the character of his agency, and to do one M. Lebreton. M. L., an elderly gentleman, every thing which shall depend upon him to faretired and in easy circumstances, who, in his cilitate the marriage of M. Lebreton, and to ediformer professional capacity had been privy to ble him to obtain the band of Mlle. C....., wbose thousands of mock marriages, took it into his father holds a high employ, &c., &c. head that, in the decline of life, he must contract " Art. 2.-M. Lebreton on his part, promises one in serious earnest for himself. Unhappy, and undertakes by these presents, only in case of misled man! He forgot that marriage, the tru- success in his projected marriage, to pay to M. est wisdom at twenty-five, becomes a folly at de Foy, immediately after the celebration, the fifty. “Oui,” said he to M. Foy, upon whom he sum of six hundred francs; and this by way of called in furtherance of his project, “Oui, c'en reward in acknowledgment of services rendered est fait, je me marie.”
and to indemnify M. de Foy for the expenses “Bon!” said M. Foy-(to himself)—“Here and outlays by him to be incurred, in negotiating is another old simpleton who has come to gratify this marriage, and, also, for the pains, care, and my pockets with a handful of his hard-earned diligence which he shall have exercised in its gold.” Methinks I see the worthy gentleman, management. This sum. in consideration of the clad in his ample robe de chambre, conducting his uncertainty of the event, has been fixed by M.
Lebreton, and is intended as a recompense in de Foy should succeed in bringing about the gross to cover all charges, without future specifi- marriage of Miss C. with Lebreton-and, concation.
sidering further that such a contract, having for " Art. 3.—The simple fact of the celebration of its object the conclusion of a matrimonial allithe marriage between M. Lebreton and Mlle. C. ance, not with a view to promote the best intershall be deemed proof that it is by the mediation, est of the parties, due regard being had to mucare, and diligence of M. de Foy that the mar- tual compatibilities, but in view of a pecuniary riage has been concluded.
reward, must be held as vitiated by an illegal “It is understood that in case the marriage here- consideration,” ordered a ponsuit, with costs, to in contemplated should not take place, this pres- be entered against the plaintiff. ent instrument shall become and remain null and of no effect, and that in this event there shall not
I cannot resist the temptation to add here by be due to M. de Foy any indemnity upon any ac- way of complement to some illustrations given in count whatever.
a former letter of the extent to which religious “ Done and signed, double, and in good faith, superstition yet prevails in France, the following under private seals, and after being read, at Paris instance of impudent priestly imposture. It is the 25th January, 1819.
now being practised in the city of Nantes and • The above writing approved.
its vicinity with, it is said, considerable success. LEBRETON."
Men (said to be Jesuits) of very solemn and mysOperations were commenced immediately terious deportment, go about selling copies of under the above contract; and so hotly prosecu- of Christ and the Virgin Mary. These persons
two portraits which they allege to be likenesses ted under the guidance of Cupid and M. Foy,
first that within less than six months from the sign
present themselves at the houses of their ining of the contract, M. Lebreton saw his efforts tended dupes and leave for perusal a sort of proscrowned with success. Mlle. C. had been wooed pectus, printed upon rose-colored paper. The and won. She was his in the bands of holy
next day they call and present for sale the two wedlock.
engravings alluded to in the prospectus wbich Was he disappointed in matrimony, as most they always carefully require to be remitted to elderly gentlemen who marry young wives, them. This prospectus is a remarkable docuare, sooner or later ? Had he been swindled ?
Here is a copy of it. Had he been deceived as to the soundness or
" Veritable Portraits the qualities of the wife whom he had mar- of our Saviour Jesus Christ and of the Thrice Blessed ried upon the representation of Foy, without
Virgin Mary. warranty? It can hardly be supposed that he " Monsieur, was less careful in bargaining for a wife than he “ The two portraits which we have the honor of would have been in bargaining for a horse. Or presenting to you, have just been found in the was M. Lebreton only a shrewd swindler him- subterranean passages of the Ancient Senatorial self who, aware of the legal defect in his con- Palace, at Rome : where they have lain buried tract with Foy, was determined to take advan- for more than eighteen centuries. tage of that defect, and keep his six hundred “ One of these portraits, at the bottom of which francs ? This does not appear. But the fact is is written in antique style a personal discription he did neglect to pay the said sum to the said of Jesus with some particulars touching his habits Henry Charles Napoleon—and though often ur- and character, was sent to the Roman Senate by gently requested to pay the same, he ever refused Publius Lentulus, at that epoch governor of Juand omitted so to do. And therefore the said dea. The other is that of the Virgin Mary. It Henry brings his suit. It was in the progress of has been recognised by various antique inscripthis suit which came up for adjudication a few tions to be the same which Saint Luke, the Evandays ago, that the above curious contract was gelist, himself painted and gave to Mary at the produced. It was adduced in evidence of the time he dwelt with her in Jerusalem: and in reverbal contract alleged to exist between the par- lation to which she said upon beholding it, .To ties. Before suit was brought Lebreton had of this image I attach my grace.' fered a less sum-a compromise founded per- “ These two admirable portraits are perfect haps upon what he deemed a trial, and after in- likenesses, they having been taken during the timate acquaintance, to be the real value of his life of Jesus and of Mary. We owe their renew wife. Six hundred francs is about $120. production to the pencil of a very distinguished M. de Foy would listen to no compromise. He artist, who faithfully copied them at Rome a few would have all or nothing. He got nothing. The days ago, from the original drawings of which court "considering that the recompense of six we spoke above, and which were found in a perhundred francs was stipulated to be paid in case fect state of preservation, freshness and beauty. “As for the antique writings, observed at the public soon after the revolution with the manbottom of the portraits, we have merely given a agement of the estate and payment of the debts, Jiteral translation of them in order that they reports that the real property belonging to the may be understood by all persons.
late king and his sister Adelaide, who died in “These two precious portraits of which these Paris just before the revolution, may be estimated few lines can give but a very imperfect idea, will at fifty millions of dollars. Much of it, however, soon find their place in the abode of all Chris- is unprofitable; the aggregate of income derived tian far lies. Their very moderate price puts from this property not exceeding one million of them within the reach of all fortunes.
dollars. He left debts in France to the amount “Price of the two portraits : 1 fr. 50 c. of about twelve millions of dollars. To pay these
" Nota. One of our clerks will have the honor debts it is proposed to sell his well-known sumof calling in the course of the day or to-morrow mer residence near Paris, Neuilly, with the fato offer the portraits. Please have the kindness mous forest of Bondy and the whole or portions to return to him the prospectus.”
of some half dozen other forests in different parts The numerous promenaders who, in the after- of France. The personal property, of which no noon, throng the Place Vendome, on their way to account is rendered in the notices lately puband from the garden of the Tuileries were a few lished, must amount besides the above to several days since thrown into much excitement by the other millions. If the late king is half so much sad spectacle of yet another suicide committed of a philosopher as he should be, with this ample by leaping from the top of the column of Auster- fortune he will be much happier at Claremont litz upon the pavement below. This is the as Count de Neuilly than he ever was at the third event of the sort since the opening of the Tuileries as King of the French. revolution : and the thirty-sixth since the erec
It is proposed to establish in Paris a mosk for tion of the column, giving an average of nearly
the use of the numerous Mohammedans in the one per annum. The last sufferer was a well- capital. dressed young man supposed, from papers found
The theatres of Paris are suffering greatly this in his pocket, to be English or American: but year too, though not so much as last from the no name or address was found. The body, hor- absence of strangers. They have made again ribly crushed and disfigured, was taken to the united application to the National Assembly for Morgue. The height of the column is about a subsidy to enable them to bear up under the 140 feet.
pressure of the times. The application was for The High Court of Justice is to be convened and forty-four other members of the Assembls.
680,000 francs, and was signed by Victor Hugo at Versailles the 8th of next month for the trial It has, very wisely I think, been reported against. of sixty-six of the persons principally implicated There is even question now of withdrawal from in the insurrection of the 13 June last. Among the four national theatres all governmental aid the accused are thirty-three members of the Na- and declaring theatrical amusements freely open tional Assembly, and about a dozen connected with the democratic press. Most of these ac
to all competition. M. Dufaure, Minister of the
Interior, has declared himself in favor of the procused persons had sufficient notice of the intention to arrest to enable them to escape across the and put a stop to many crying abuses. Rachel
ject. Its realization would be a popular measure frontier : most of whom are in England. Twen- has just reappeared at the French Theatre after ty-seven only have been seized. Besides these a tour in the provinces from which she has netted
, sixty-six there have been numerous other arrests it is said, twenty thousand dollars profits. She made on account of this affair, seventeen hun- is entitled annually to three months vacation dred in all. Of these about half have been already discharged: and eight hundred remain to fered her six thousand dollars if she would waive
from the Paris engagements. The manager ofbe tried by Court Martial.
her rights and remain at her post in Paris this The most various reports have been in circula- summer. But she was too well aware of the tion, touching the value of the property of Louis profits of these country excursions and declined Philippe and the amount of his debts. We have the offer. Her health so seriously compromised now authentic information respecting his prop- as was communicated in my letter of January erty in France. It is generally believed that last, published in the Messenger for March, 15 there is no truth in the rumors, that he was cau- perfectly restored, as you may judge from the tious enough, in anticipation of events compel- wonderful amount of labor, physical and mental, ling him to abandon his throne, to invest in for- which she has undergone during the late tour. eign countries, particularly in England and the During her ninety days' absence from Paris she Unitod States, considerable portions of his in- performed eighty-five nights and traveled 2,500
The admiuistrator, charged by the re-I miles! Reports, however, are again rife of serious
tinued to castigate impudent aspirants for the THE LATE EDGAR A. POE. bays. Now that he is gone, the vast multitude
of blockheads may breathe again, and we can So much has been said by the newspaper press imagine that we hear the shade of the departed of the country concerning this gifted child of ge- crying out to them, in the epitaph designed for nius, since his recent death, that our readers are Robespierre, already in possession of the leading incidents of
Passant! ne plains point mon sort, his short, brilliant, erratic and unhappy career.
Si je vivais, tu serais mort!* It is quite unnecessary that we should recount them in this place. We feel it due to the dead, It will readily occur to the reader that such a however, as editor of a magazine which owes its course, while it gained subscribers to the review, earliest celebrity to his efforts, that some recog- was not well calculated to gain friends for tbe nition of his talent, on the part of the Messenger, reviewer. And so Mr. Poe found it, for during should mingle with the general apotheosis which the two years of his connection with the Mesjust now enrols him on the list of heroes in his- senger, he contrived to attach to himself anitory and gods in song."
mosities of the most enduring kind. It was the Mr. Poe became connected with the Messen- fashion with a large class to decry bis literary ger during the first year of its existence. He was pretensions, as poet and romancer and scholar, commended to the favorable consideration of the to represent him as one who possessed little else proprietor, the late T. W. White, by the Honor-than able John P. Kennedy who, as Chairman of a Committee, had just awarded to Poe the prize
th' extravagancy for the successful tale in a literary competition at
And crazy ribaldry of fancyBaltimore. Under his editorial management the and to challenge his finest efforts with a chilling work soon became well-known every where. cui bono; while the critics of other lands and other Perhaps no similar enterprise ever prospered so tongues, the Athenæum and the Revue des deur largely in its inception, and we doubt if any, iu Mondes, were warmly recognizing his high claims. the same length of time—even Blackwood in the They did not appreciate him. To the envious days of Dr. Magion, whom Poe in some respects obscure, he might not indeed seem entitled to the closely resembled-ever published so many shi- first literary honors, for he was versed in a more ning articles from the same pen. Those who profound learning and skilled in a more lofty will turn to the first two volumes of the Messen-minstrelsy, scholar by virtue of a larger erudiger will be struck with the number and variety tion and poet by the transmission of a diviner of his contributions. On one page may be found spark. some lyric cadence, plaintive and inexpressibly Unquestionably he was a man of great genius. sweet, the earliest vibrations of those chords Among the litterateurs of his day he stands ou which have since thrilled with so many wild and distinctively as an original writer and thinker. wondrous harmonies. On another some strange In nothing did he conform to established cusstory of the German school, akin to the most tom. Conventionality he contemned. Tbus his fanciful legends of the Rhine, fascinates and as- / writings admit of no classification. And yet in tonishes the reader with the verisimilitude of its his most eccentric vagaries he was always coriinprobabilities. But it was in the editorial de- rect. The fastidious reader may look in vain, partment of the magazine that his power was even among his earlier poems—where “wi
vild most conspicuously displayed. There he ap- words wander here and there"-for an offence peared as the critic, not always impartial, it may against rhetorical propriety. He did not easily be, in the distribution of his praises, or correct pardon solecisms in others; he committed none in the positions he assumed, but ever merciless to himself. It is remarkable too that a mind 50 the unlucky author who offended by a dull book. prone to unrestrained imaginings should be ck A blunder in this respect he considered worse pable of analytic investigation or studious rethan a crime, and visited it with corresponding search. Yet few excelled Mr. Poe in power of rigor. Among the nascent novelists and newly- analysis or patient application. Such are the fledged poetasters of fifteen years ago he came contradictions of the human intellect. He was down "like a Visigoth marching on Rome.” No an impersonated antithesis. elegant imbecile or conceited pedant, no matter The regret has been often expressed that Mr. whether he made his avatar under the auspices Poe did not bring his singular capacity to bear of a Society, or with the prestige of a degree, but felt the lash of his severity. Baccalaurei bac- * We translate it freely, ulo potius quam laureo digni was the principle of
Traveller! forbear to mourn my lot, his action in such cases, and to the last he con
Thou would'st have died, if I had not.