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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 21: 1842-50
John Gibson Lockhart to Charlotte Lockhart Hope, 6 January 1849

Vol. I. Preface
Vol. I Contents.
Chapter 1: 1794-1808
Chapter 2: 1808-13
Chapter 3: 1813-15
Chapter 4: 1815-17
Chapter 5: 1817-18
Chapter 6: 1817-19
Chapter 7: 1818-20
Chapter 8: 1819-20
Chapter 9: 1820-21
Chapter 10: 1821-24
Chapter 11: 1817-24
Chapter 12: 1821-25
Chapter 13: 1826
Vol. II Contents
Chapter 14: 1826-32
Chapter 15: 1828-32
Chapter 16: 1832-36
Chapter 17: 1837-39
Chapter 18: 1837-43
Chapter 19: 1828-48
Chapter 20: 1826-52
Chapter 21: 1842-50
Chapter 22: 1850-53
Chapter 23: 1853-54
Chapter 24: Conclusion
Vol. II Index
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Sussex Place, Saturday, January 6, 1849.

My dear Charlotte,—Christie’s business forced him back, and I had not courage to stay alone in Paris, though I am little else here, God knows. We arrived yesterday afternoon in time for me to send off two Punches; but not for writing, and to-day I am so cold and colded that I can’t write more than a line. All well, however, and my health much improved by ten days of open air and exercise, very much; the cold I suffer from is a nothing. I feel greatly better.

“I have little to say as to Paris. It is quite a camp; 90,000 men in arms there; infantry in every part of the town; no five minutes without a drum beating and a detachment passing, and all the villages round swarming with cavalry. The forts all equipped with artillery. The Tuilleries, Place du Carrousel, &c., covered with cannon; two regiments at the Elysée—partly tented in the gardens, and dragoons posted in all the streets near that scene of empire; constant patrolling there.

“I did not meet with one person, French or English, German or Russian—and we talked with many
of various sorts and sizes—who did not abuse the Republic, laugh at
Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, and predict a speedy change of some kind. If the Assembly persist in sitting many more weeks, Changarnier will probably disperse them à la 18 Brumaire, but somehow they will be sent to the right-about. Whether Louis Napoleon Bonaparte will not be quite done out of all popularity by that time is doubtful, at least; but I think no one conceives it possible that he will be in France, unless as a prisoner, in January 1850. Still, if Changarnier be willing to keep him as a show, and content himself with the real sway, he may have a chance, and retain his palace and pomp, and get drunk (as all say he does) there, just as he did here. Thiers, it is believed, works hard for Madame d’Orleans and Comte de Paris, and I should not be surprised if that party had already coalesced with Henry V.; but, indeed, I should not be surprised at anything, save a continuance of even such order as there now is.

“I was at one sitting of the Assembly—the famous one of the Salt Duty, too, which was luck—but I think I mentioned this before.

“I have had nothing from Walter! This is very sad indeed. Be sure I shall never break your injunctions. My best regards to Hope and William.—Ever yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”