Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France: From the Thirty-first of May 1793, Till the Twenty-eighth of July 1794 : and of the Scenes which Have Passed in the Prisons of Paris, Volume 1

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G.G. and J. Robinson, 1795 - Correctional institutions
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Page 144 - How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest ! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung ; By forms unseen their dirge is sung : There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay ; And Freedom shall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping hermit there ! TO MERCY.
Page 145 - ... with France and Spain, a very small part ever felt the stroke of an enemy; the rest languished in tents and ships, amidst damps and putrefaction; pale, torpid, spiritless and helpless; gasping and groaning, unpitied among men, made obdurate by long continuance of hopeless misery; and were at last whelmed in pits, or heaved into the ocean, without notice and without remembrance. By incommodious encampments and unwholesome stations, where courage is useless, and enterprise impracticable, fleets...
Page 144 - FANCY'S feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung, By forms unfeen their dirge is fung ; There HONOUR comes, a PILGRIM grey, To blefs the turf that wraps their clay, And FREEDOM mall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping HERMIT there ! ODE ( 325 ) ODE to EVENING.
Page 52 - The morning now arrived when La Source and Sillery, together with nineteen other members of the Convention, were led before the revolutionary tribunal. When the guards who were to conduct them arrived...
Page 47 - ... see this foul stain washed from his family, and the innocence of his beloved son made manifest to the world. The ways of heaven never appeared more dark and intricate, than in the incidents and catastrophe of this mournful story.
Page 40 - ... the point of appearing before that sanguinary tribunal ; whence, after the most shocking mockery of justice, they were inhumanly dragged to the scaffold. Sillery, on account of his infirmities, had with much difficulty obtained permission from the police for his servant to be admitted into the prison during the day, together with an old female friend who, on the plea of illness, had implored leave to attend as his nurse.
Page 193 - Eternal fun-fhine of the fpotlefs mind ! Each pray'r accepted, and each wifh refign'd; Labour and reft, that equal periods keep ; " Obedient flumbers, that can wake and weep ;"' Defires compos'd, affeftions ever ev'n ; Tears that delight, and fighs that waft to heav'n. Grace mines around her with fereneft beams, And whifp'ring Angels prompt her golden dreams ; For her th...
Page 51 - Paris, while his wife remained in Languedoc to take care of an aged mother. When the Legislative Assembly was dissolved, La Source was immediately elected a member of the National Convention, and could find no interval in which to visit his native spot or his wife, whom he saw no more. In his meditations on the chain of political events, he mentioned one little incident which seemed to hang on his mind with a sort of superstitious feeling. A few days after the loth of August, he dined in the Fauxbourg...
Page 41 - Sillery's friend and his servant being allowed to go in and out of his apartment, the door was not constantly locked, although he and La Source were closely confined, and not permitted to have any communication with the other prisoners. The second night of our abode in the Luxembourg, when the prisoners had retired to their respective chambers, and the keeper had locked the outer door which enclosed...
Page 20 - ... meeting in fuch circumftances foon became friends. The poor lived not upon the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table, but fhared the comforts of the repaft ; and here was found a community of the fmall ftock of goods, which belonged to the whole without the neceffity of a requifition.

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