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attendance, to examine and report upon the cases, and this free of all expense to the sufferers. In London it sometimes happens, that a poor creature labouring under a very urgent illness, experiences much injurious delay before he is placed in an hospital. A subscriber will require to be first sought out, and when found, his list may be full: so that while the patient waits for a vacancy, Death takes the matter into his own hands.
In none of the principal hospitals of Paris do the patients pay any thing, excepting in the Maisons de Santé Royales, where they are provided with separate rooms, and pay according to the description of accommodation they require—from three to ten francs a day. This sum includes not only medical and surgical advice, but food, medicine, and every thing else that may be wanted for their comfort. It is worthy of notice, that in the Maisons de Santé the mortality is more remarkable than in the great hospitals, being as one in three seveneighths.
In the present posture of public affairs, it is
particularly unfortunate that the Royal Family. do not stand higher in the estimation of the people. In truth, it is any thing but high estimation: the King is never mentioned but in connexion with an incubus of Jesuits, by whom, they say, he is perpetually and most unmercifully bestrode. The Dauphin is represented as a man of a very neutral class of intellect; which is rather a bad look out for the next reign, in a country where so much of its happiness and prosperity depends, and vitally depends, upon the character of the King.
There certainly appears to be no occasion that their bitterest enemy should desire the Royal Family any greater humiliation than they at present may be supposed to feel from the state of popular feeling. Never, perhaps, did Royalty repose on any thing more the reverse of a bed of roses. If hearsay and appearances may be trusted, they live literally as exiles among their own people, without one soul, that I could discover, to sympathize with this most unnatural sequestration. In such circumstances, to render misery complete, I can conceive nothing wanting, except that to not receiving sympathy, we should be conscious of not deserving it. I am quite aware what decorum requires in giving our sentiments on the behaviour of Kings and Princes, and how binding the maxim in all good taste, as well as duty, “to give honour to whom honour is due." No opinion shall be offered; but it may not be out of place to mention a circumstance, of a tendency, perhaps, rather illustrative of these good people.
With the hope of putting me in the way gratifying a wish I had much at heart, of seeing some of the institutions of Paris, more particularly the schools and prisons, Lady Faulkner ventured the liberty of addressing the following letters to his Royal Highness the Duke d’Angoulême; which, as they are sufficiently explicit, will be allowed to tell their own story, without either colouring or comment. I cannot have the pleasure of indulging even the shadow of a hope that these letters might not have reached their destination, as they were
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ll then know, that we are not insensible of the attenns you have paid to us.” This Seal, Sir, is now here in possession. May I, therefore, beg your Royal Highness y be pleased to accord me the honour of an audience on is subject, which I should probably never have had an portunity of bringing to your Royal Highness's recolction, but for the accident of my present visit to Paris, here I shall remain for some short time.
I have the honour to be, &c.
No answer being received to this, the following was sent on the 13th March.
In consequence of my Letter of the 28th February not having had the honour of being noticed by your Royal Highness, I am under great apprehension that its contents may have been misconstrued. In reminding your Royal Highness of a pledge which we for so many years held sacred, I had no views in my application beyond civilities. I am happily so placed in life, that I neither require, nor would accept, any other return. The many years of Mr. Assiotti's gratuitous services may have escaped the recollection of His Majesty and His Royal Family: they are, however, recorded in letters from Lord Adam Gordon (now here in my pus