A letter from Paris, to George Petre, esq

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J. Mawman, 1814 - Paris (France) - 100 pages

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Page 28 - ... previous to that explosion of national phrenzy, there were in Paris two hundred and twenty-two churches, of which forty-five were parochial ; of these there remain twelve parochial and twenty-seven succursal or minor parish churches, in all thirty-nine churches for public or parochial service. The others have either been demolished, or turned into manufactories, schools, or granaries.
Page 83 - Revolution in its origin; and declared his conviction, " that the present convulsions in France must, sooner or later, terminate in general harmony and regular order. Whenever the situation of France should become restored, it would prove freedom rightly understood — freedom resulting from good order and good government; and, thus circumstanced, France would stand forward as one of the most brilliant powers in Europe; she would enjoy that just kind of liberty which he Venerated, and the invaluable...
Page 11 - The church stood stript and profaned ; the wind roared through the unglazed windows, and murmured round the vaults; the rain dropt from the roof, and deluged the pavement; the royal dead had been torn from the repositories of departed greatness; the bones of heroes had been made the playthings of children, and the dust of monarchs had been scattered to the wind.
Page 82 - France must, sooner or later, terminate in harmony and regular order; and notwithstanding that the fortunate arrangements of such a situation might make her more formidable, it might also render her less obnoxious as a neighbour...
Page 83 - I venerate, and the valuable existence of which it is my duty, as an Englishman, peculiarly to cherish; nor can I, under this predicament, regard with envious eyes, an approximation in neighbouring States to those sentiments which are the characteristic features of every British subject.
Page 28 - The painted windows were not often spared, and the lead and copper of the roof not unfrequently carried off. Thus they were all reduced to a lamentable state of degradation, nakedness, and gradual decay ; and in that state, they remained till the religion of the nation once more became that of the state : and Christianity reassumed its external honors. The attention of government was then directed to the preservation of the churches ; but as Napoleon acted more from political than religious motives,...
Page 83 - I wish for the restoration of tranquillity in that country, although it appears to me distant. Whenever her system shall become restored, if it should prove freedom rightly understood, freedom resulting from good order and good government, France would stand forward as one of the most brilliant Powers in Europe.
Page 64 - Hence those scenes of rapine, lust, and cruelty, exhibited in Spain and Portugal, and all the accumulated woes of unhappy Germany. I shall be told without doubt by the panegyrists of Napoleon, that soldiers of all nations are disorderly and vicious, and that the British army itself has left some memorials of its lawless spirit at Badajoz and St. Sebastian. But if armies, formed of individuals, whose minds, in general at least, have been seasoned by Christian instruction, and whose consciences, however...
Page 7 - On the contrary, while describing, without saying where he discovered ft, " the hereditary benevolence of the Bourbons/' as having descended to Louis XVIII. he thus complains : — " The chateaus have, in many places, shared the fate of their contemporary abbeys, and like them have been destroyed, or left to moulder in gradual decay. The villages, formerly enlivened by the presence of their Lords, whether laymen or monks, and enriched by their expenditure, now pine in want and silence.
Page 65 - ... without fear of God, without respect for themselves or their fellow-creatures, without one thought or one wish beyond the moment, and scoffing alike at the hopes and the terrors of immortality. Such an army is a confederacy of banditti, a legion of demons, let loose upon the creation to disfigure and to destroy its beauties. Now, into this school of wickedness every youth in France was compelled to enter ; and it is easy to imagine the deep, the indelible impression which the blasphemies, and...

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