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tarily his, the court etiquette prem. over, M. Bourdier,' she cried, don't vented him from advancing far to you think I know your great ugly meet her, as the place of her recep- hand3?' (The Emperor's were rem tion had been fixed at Soissons, -how markably handsome.) • Great ugly ever, he broke through restraint, so hands,' repeated the Emperor, restora far as to advance four leagues beyond ing her the use of her sight, you are Soissons, when he found that he had really difficult to please. The poor arrived there before her,—and their young girl was so confused, that she equipages met on the road. The was forced to take refuge in another Emperor alighted-threw himself in- chamber. On another occasion, ha. to the chariot of the Princess—there ving accidentally trode on the foot of was silence for a time, which she first the lady who was assisting the Embroke, by saying, “ Sire, your por- press at her toilette, he uttered a loud trait has not fattered you." " Napo- cry as if he himself had been hurt. leon was now forty-one. In his youth "What is the matter?' said the Emhe had been very thin, of an olive press. "Nothing,' he replied, with colour, the form of his countenance loud bursts of laugliter, I only trode long, and his eyes sunk, altogether an on Madame's foot, and I roared out to unpleasant physiognomy. The ful- prevent her doing so, and you see I ness which he had acquired, with the have succeeded.'” increase of years, gave a greater round. The establishment of the Empress ness to his features; his skin had be was almost as much under shackles come whiter, his eyes had acquired as that of an eastern haram. The lustre, and there was an air of noble. Emperor was not at all jealous, but ness and much expression in the play he seemed to think that the wife of of his countenance.”
Cæsar ought to be put out of the For the first three months after his possibility of suspicion, and so there marriage, the Emperor was almost were apartments within apartments, constantly with the Empress, day and and one set of ladies after another, night. The most urgent affairs could and not a single man admitted with scarcely draw him away for a few out an express order from Napomoments, although naturally so much leon himself. He was ridiculously addicted to labour, and in the habit scrupulous indeed about these obserof wearying out his ministers, by keep- vances. There were many jealousies, ing them at work for eight or ten of course, among the attendants of the hours at a time: now there was no Empress, but Madame Montebello acgetting him to attend to business. “N&- quired the ascendancy in her favour. poleon (says Madame Durand) was When Napoleon, as might be expected, gay, familiar in his closer intercourse: became less constant in his attentions he was fond of pulling ears, pinching to his young wife, she stood in need of checks, which he used often to praca a female friend, and this lady, a wotise on Marshal Duroc, Berthier, Sa- man of character, gained her confivary, and many of his aides-de-camp. dence. She accordingly became a great I have seen him assisting at the toi- object ot' hatred to most other ladies of lette of the Empress, tormenting her, the court. Even the mother and sisters pinching her neck and her cheek. If of the Emperor complained of her inshe seemed teazed, he would take her fluence. She showed, however, at in his arms, einbrace her, call her the time of the Empress's contine• grosse bete,' and the peace was ment, that she was not unworthy of made."-" One day, as he entered her attachment; tor nine days and into one of the Empress's apart- nights she scarcely ever quitied the ments, he saw a young lady sitting apartment, and fulfilled, to her sufthere, with her back turned towards fering mistress, every office of duty the door. He made a signal to those and affection. We must give in dem in the room to be silent, and advan- tail the account of the birth of the cing softly behind her, he clapped his young Napoleon. It was a moment hands upon her eyes. She could not of deep interest, and presents an ime think of any one, but a M. Bourdier, pressive contrast between the lively a respectable old man, the Empress's agitations, the hopes, and the exultahead physician, who could permit tion of the Emperor of France, and bimself to use such a familiarity, and the joyless, hopeless, lazy-pacing hours pot doubting but that it was he, give of the exile of St Helena.
" It was seven in the evening, when the chatel, who, though he had no official Empress felt the first symptoms of her ap- right to be there, came through zeal and proaching labour. Dubois, the accoucheur, attachment. The infant remained for se was then sent for, who never quitted her ven minutes without giving any sign of from that moment. She passed the whole life ; Napoleon cast his eyes op him for an night in pain, having beside her Madame instant, and believed he was dead, but he de Montebello, Madame de Luçay, and said not a word on the subject, giving his Madame de Montesquieu, who was ap- whole attention to the Empress. A few pointed governess of the infant about to be drops of brandy were put into the mouth born; besides the two first ladies in wait of the child, he was gently patted all over ing, Durand and Ballart, two chamber with the palm of the hand, and covered maids, and the nurse, Madame Blaise. with warm napkins; and at last he uttered The Emperor, with his mother, his sisters, a cry, and the Emperor flew to embrace & and Messrs Corvisart and Bourdier, was son, whose birth was to him the summit in an adjoining apartment, and came fre, of felicity, and the last gift of Fortune, quently into the chamber to learn how the who was so soon to abandon him Empress was going on. Her pains, which “ This scene passed in presence of twen. had been feeble throughout the whole night, ty-two persons, whom it is proper to name entirely ceased at five in the morning. Du- herc, to confirm the authenticity of these bois informed the Emperor he saw no pro- details. They were the Emperor, Dubois, spect of an immediate delivery, who then Corvisart, Bourdier, and Yran ; Mesdames dismissed every body, and went himself to de Montebello, de Lucay, and de Montes. his bath. Dubois, and the ladies whom I quieu ; the six first ladies in waiting, Mes. have named, remained in the chamber. dames Ballart, Deschamps, Durand, HuAll the rest were assembled in the dressing reau, Nabusson, and Gerard ; five chamroom.
ber maids, Mademoiselles Honoré, Ed. “ The Empress, worn out with fatigue, ward, Barbier, Aubert, and Geoffroy; the slept about an hour, and was then awoke nurse Madame Blaise, and two young wo. by violent pains, which continually increa. men of the wardrobe. I say nothing of sed, but without bringing on the desired Cambaceres nor the Prince of Neufchatel, crisis, and Dubois had now the painful as they only came in after the birth of the certainty that her delivery would be diffi- infant. These circumstances demonstrate cult and dangerous. He went to the Em- the absurdity of the story of a suppositie peror, who was still in the bath, and beg.. tious child. This could not have been yed him to come and encourage the Em- managed in presence of so many witnesses; press by his presence, and he did not con- besides, it should be remembered, that on ceal from him his fears that he should not the one side of the chainber was the dressbe able to save both the mother and child. ing-room, filled with persons in the service • Think only of the mother,' cried Napo. of the Empress, and on the other, several leon with eagerness, bestow your whole apartments, occupied by a crowd of ladies attention on her.'
and gentlemen of the court, who were " Napoleon, after having ordered all waiting with impatience for intelligence of those who ought to be present to be called, the important event. hurried to the Empress, he embraced her “ It was known throughout Paris that tenderly, and exhorted her to have pa- the Empress was in labour, and from sis tience and courage. The physicians, Cor- in the morning the garden of the Tuillevisart and Bourdier, and Yran the surgeon, riøs was crowded with people of all ages now arrived, and assisted in supporting and conditions. Orders had been given Maria Louisa. The fect of the child pre- that twenty-one guns should announce the sented themselves, and Dubois was obliged birth of a princess, and that a hundred to have recourse to his instruments to dise and one should be fired to celebrate the engage the head. The labour continued birth of a successor to the throne. At the during twenty-six minutes, and was ex- sound of the first gun, the multitude, whe tremely severe. The Emperor could not had before been noisy and tumultuous, reinain more than five minutes, he let go maintained the most profound silence, the hand of the Empress, which he had held which was only interrupted by those who within his, and retired into the dressing in an under tone, counted the pump bers room as palc as death, and appearing quite one, two, three, &c. but when the twentybewildcred. Every moment he sent in one second was heard, their enthusiasm burst of the women for intelligence. At length out at once, in cries of joy, vicats and tosse the child was born, and as soon as the ing of hats in the air, which contributed Emperor was informed of it, he flew to his almost as much as the sound of the cannou wife, and pressed her in luis arms. Cam- to spread the news into all the quarters of baceres was then introduced, whose duty Paris. Napoleon, placed behind a curtain it was, as Arch Chancellor of the empire, at a window of the Empress's chamber, to certify the birth and sex of the child. enjoyed the spectacle of the general transLe was followed by the Prince of Neuf port, and appeared to be deeply moved by it ; and with his cheeks bathed in tears, son, one must be stopped every moment in he flew once more to embrace his son." . the sands of Brandenburg, and that post 1 To be continued.)
horses are wretched animals, I did not think it necessary to make any apology for my delay. "The Duke of York,' said I,
requested me to deliver this letter to your RECOLLECTIONS OF THE GREAT
- Frederic read the letter, and our con
versation began in the following manner : The crimes of Napoleon have been"
“ Fred. -- an much obliged to the punished by a living death. A very Duke of York for petinitting you to come singular book has come into our hands, hither. relating to the last hours of the great - Zim.--The Duke of York wishes, as King of Prussia. It is written by ardently as I do, that my journey may be Zimmermann, who was called, in the serviceable to your majesty. year 1786, to attend him as a physi. “ Fred.--How does the Duke of York cian. Full of a ridiculous German do ? admiration of the philosophic mo. “ Zim.-- Very well-he is always active, narch, although the author himself lively, and full of spirits. was a religious man and a Christian,
" Freil.--I love the Duke of York as
tenderly as a father can love a son. he lets us see, at the same time, with
66 Zim.---'The Duke of York is fully much naïveté, that such a termination
sensible of the value of the good opinion of existence as he describes (the king which your majesty entertains of him. thought it was to be an eternal termi- " Fred. You see I am very ill. nation) was but a poor catastrophe for “ Zim..Your majesty's eye is as good a hero and a legislator. We shall give as when I had the honour of seeing you our readers a quotation from it, which here fifteen years ago. I observe not the We think will both interest and instruct least diminution in that fire, and vigour, them. There is a good purpose to be with which your majesty's eyes were then served in shewing the base uses to which al
uses to which animated.
“ Fred.-Oh! I am all human grandeur must return, espe
grown very old,
and I find myself extremely ill. cially when no brighter radiance giids
" Zim.Germany and Europe are not its close. At the same time, the King
sensible of your majesty's age and illness. of Prussia, in this mortifying picture, " Fred. My occupations go on in their does not appear without the occasional usual train. flashes both of his genius and his “ Zim.--Your majesty rises at foar in magnanimity. The contrast of greate the morning, and by that you prolong and ness and littleness was never certain double life. ly put in a more glaring light. From " Fred. I do not rise ; for I never go the sublime to the ridiculous there is, to bed- pass the whole night in this easy indeed, but one step.
chair, in which you now see me.
" Zim.-Your majesty wrote to me, “ I entered the apartment of the king, that for seven months you have found whom I found sitting in a large elbow great difficulty in breathing. chair, with his back turned towards that “ Fred. I am asthmatic, but not dropside of the room by which I had entered. sical. You see, however, that my legs are He had on his head a large hat, very much much swollen. worn, ornamented with a plume of feathers “ Zin. Will your majesty permit me equally ancient ; and his dress consisted to examine your legs a little closer ? of a surtout of sky blue satin, all bedaub- “Mr Schoening being called to pull off ed, and tinged of a brownish yellow colour his majesty's boots, I kneeled down, exbefore, with Spanish snuff. He wore boots; amined his legs, the swelling of which exand rested one of his legs, which was very tended as far as the thighs and held my much swelled, upon a stool ; while the tongue. other bung down to the floor. When he « Fred.I have no dropsy. perceived me, he pulled off his hat, in a “Zim.-A swelling of the legs is often very polite and affable manner; and in a joined with an asthma. Will your majesty mild tone of voice said, " I return you permit me to feel your lower belly ? many thanks, sir, for your kindness in..“ Fred. My belly is big, because I am, coming hither, and for the speed with troubled with Hatulencies. There is cer. which you have performed your journey. tainly no water in it. I was perfectly sensible that my journey « Zim. It is, indeed, distended, but it had not been performed with very great is not hard. May I take the liberty of dispatch ; but, reflecting that his majesty feeling your majesty's pulse ? could not be ignorant that, in the dry sen " His pulse, which was full and strong,
indicated a considerable degree of fever; the king had not taken the remedies pres he was much oppressed, and coughed al- scribed for him, though the best that could most without remission.
be administered, and the most suitable for “ Zim... Your pulse is not weak. his disorder, above once or twice ; and that “ Fred. It is impossible to cure me. : he was a sworn enemy to medicines of
“ Zim.--But your majesty may at least every kind, except to a digestive powder be relieved.
composed of rhubarb, Glauber's salts, and “ Fred. What would you advise me a few other trifting ingredients, in which to do?
alone he had any faith. I learned, tuo, " Zim.-At present nothing. I will that no idea could be formed of the excess go immediately and learn from your valet which the king allowed himself in his food; de chambre the whole history of your dis- that his cooks were obliged to season all order, and read all that your majesty's his dishes in such a manner, as was enough physicians have written on the subject; to destroy his stonzach; that those which after which I shall have the honour of tel. were most difficult of digestion were his ling you my sentiments.
greatest favourites ; that he was passion * Fred. That is proper---Schoening ately fond of Prussian peas, which are utknows the whole
doubtedly the hardest in the world, and “ The king then taking off his hat, with would consequently be considered as coarse much politeness, said, ' I thank you once even in Lower Saxony and Westphalia ; more for your goodness in coming hither. that this regimen was the cause of those
Be so kind as to return to-morrow at complaints and vomitings, which often three."
came upon him after dinner, and of those “Having returned with Mr Shoening to fits of the colic that attacked him several the private secretary's office, without the times every week; and that nobody durst castle, I did not disclose my sentiments venture to remonstrate with him on this respecting the king's disorder ; but I had subject : that when his physicians, Selle, no reason to doubt that his case was de- Cothenius, Frese, and Theden, had pro cidedly dropsical. The state of his breast vailed upon him to try any remedies, he appeared also to be very suspicious ; not would never deviate from his usual mode only on account of the oppression, which of living : that sometimes he would praise might be owing to some separate cause, a medicine after he had taken the first and of the water which might be accumu. dose; but after the second, when attacked lated; but because his majesty's fever and by his qualms, colic, and vomiting, or cough made me apprehend an abscess. when he had passed a bad Light, he always What I told the king, concerning the little blamed the remedy which had been admi. change which I observed in him since nistered to him : that he railed then in a 3771, was true ; but that, however, said terrible manner against physicians and very little. His visage was not only ema. their art, and that, after having ba. ciated and thin, but appeared of that pale rangued the former as the King of Prus yellow colour, which always indicates a sia, he immediately disinissed them : that depravation of the fluids and solids; and after he had sent away his physicians, he which, in the like cases, is always a very confined himself wholly to his regimen, unfavourable symptom. His hands were and a few insignificant remedies of his also discoloured and dry ; his belly was own: that his disorder had by these means greatly swelled ; and his legs were not increased to such a degree; and that it only in the same condition, as much as legs would probably continue the same to the could be ; but the swelling, as I have al. end. ready said, extended even to the thighs. “Such was the account which I receiv. ; "All the papers concerning the king's ed from Mr Schoening. Every thing that state were laid before me, by Mr Schoen. he told me seemed to be stamped with the ing. They consisted of a great number of seal of truth. Of this I had convincing letters, written by Professor Selle to the proofs the same day, and for some days hussar who acted as his majesty's valet de following. Though I found little encouchambre. This able physician kept up a ragement in Mr Schoening's relation, yet, daily correspondence with him, respecting on account of the favourable reception the state of his majesty's health ; but with which I had met with from his majesty, all the caution and prudence necessary for and the trust I had in Providence, whose so delicate a task.
gracious assistance has, in the course of my “ Mr Schoening then shewed me a corre life, delivered me from so many dangers, I spondence between Mr Selle, the king's returned quictly, and contentedly, from first physician, and Mr. Cothenius, his Sans-Souci to Potsdam, without anticipatbody physician, in which both parties ating in thought what was about to betal me last displayed a little warmth. I saw, by the same day. I was to visit his majesty these letters, that Mr Selle had with great at three: at half after twelve, when I was sagacity observed and treated his majesty's just going to sit down to table, one of the case, from first to last. I learned also, that king's chasseurs came to tell me, that his majesty desired to see me as soon as I had “ Fred.Oxymel is of no service to me. dined.-Without dining, I immediately What will the sal ammoniac do ? set out and hurried as fast as I could to " Zim.-It will cool and ease your Sans-Souci. In ascending the little hill breast, which is very necessary, and will before mentioned, a coach, in which were not irritate the colic. Count Luchesini and General Goertz, the “ Fred.Order some sal ammoniac for king's usual guests at table, crossed the me; and afterwards tell me if you are at road before me, in its way from the palace. present well informed respecting my case.
This alarmed me a good deal ; because his " Zim.--I am indeed: but I wish your - majesty, in general, never finished his din- majesty would be pleased to allow me to ner so soon. On my arrival, I learned send to Berlin for Professor Selle, in order froin Mr Schoening, that, from morning that we may concert a plan for the treat. till noon, the king bad coughed without ment of your disorder. Selle is better ac. interruption; that he had a violent oppres- quainted with your case than any one ; sion; and that he expectorated a prodi. since the beginning of it he has judged gious quantity of blood. On the first well, and always given your majesty good view, his majesty's situation seemed to be advice. . highly alarming: he could not speak; “With terrible looks, sparkling eyes, coughed very much, and at every fit the his head raised up, and a voice such as I blood flowed from his mouth. He could never heard in my life, his majesty replied, not breathe but after violent and painful I expected that plan from you.! efforts. I even thought every moment “ Žim.-I will afterwards lay this plan that my august patient would be stificd: before your majesty. At present I must sometimes he could not sit in his easy endeavour, as much as possible, to relieve chair, but was obliged to stand up. All the symptoms of the momento his strength seemed to be exhausted, and “ All the king's strength appeared to his head hung down, resting on his breast. be exhausted by this conversation. He Soon after he suffered himself to drop into his soon after fell into the saine state of proeasy chair, where he immediately fell found sleep, his head leaning on his breast, asleep: his face became agitated by con- and convulsions appeared in his countevulsive motions ; from time to time a rat. nance as before. tling noise was heard in his throat; and “ His majesty held in one of his hands his pulse was full, quick and strong, but a white handkerchief, which appeared as if at the same time regular.
it had been dipped in blood. It was of " I stood a long time near him, before considerable importance to know whether he could utter a single syllable, and before there was not some pus mixed with the I could speak to him. Every moment he blood. Seeing, therefore, a white handker. appeared as if about to be suffocated ; and chief on the table near me, I took it up the first words which he said were,. With with one hand, and with the other gently all this, I have a violent colic. Scarcely drew towards me that which the king had I returned an answer, when he again held, when he suddenly awoke, raised up fell asleep, and when the rattling in his his head, and darted a furivus look at me'; throat and the convulsive motions return. but very luckily he soon dropped his hend ed. A violent fit of coughing soon roused again, and tell fast asleep. I then put in. him from his sleep, and the blood began to his hand, with a little more precaution, to flow from his mouth as before. This the handkerchief I had taken from the melancholy scene continued half an hour, table; and on examining that which I when his majesty found himself a little took in exchange, I found pure blood with better: I asked permission to prescribe a very little phlegm, but no pus at all. something for his reliet, which occasioned The king remained a long tiine dozing, the following conversation :
and always seemed to breathe with much * Fred. What do you intend to do ? difficulty. While he was in that state, the
" Zim. To relieve your breast, and sal ammoniac was brought; and Frederic stop the spitting of blood.
having at length awoke, I said, “Here is i Fred. The spitting of blood is no. the sal ammoniac. He shook his head, thing; I expectorated fully as much in took the salt which I gave him, had a cly. the war of seven years. What must I do ster administered, and again slept for an for my colic ?
hour : but the convulsive motions in his " Žim. You must take a clyster. face still continued. During these pain.
* Fred. It will soon go off like a pistol. ful moments, I was the only person with shot; but, however, I will try your reme. the king, while one or two hussars attend dy-What must be done besides ?
ed in the anti-chamber. I considered my" Zim-Every thing possible must be self then as in an awkward situation done, to ease your breast, without irritating stranger, and alone with the King of Prusthe colic. Your majesty must take sal am sia, who appeared to be angry with me on moniac with oxymel.
the first day of my arrival, before I had