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1872. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. POLITICAL CHANGES IN
FRANCE--EXISTING PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT--M. THIERS--HIS
POLICY--RESTORATION OP THE ANCIENT MONARCHY--THE COMTE DE
CHAMBORD--THE EED, THE TEICOLOUEED, OE THE WHITE FLAG--POSSIBLE
DENOUEMENT OF THE DRAMA. CHAPTER XX. OINCE the collapse of the
"Monarchy of the Middle Classes," in 1848, France seems to have
faithfully reproduced all the scenes, with the exception of the
denouement, of the drama she played out at the end of the last and
beginning of the current century. A Eepublic has once more given
place to an Empire, and the regime of Liberty, Equality, and
Fraternity has again been superseded by the regime of Infantry,
Cavalry, and Artillery. The downfall of the Second, as of the First
Empire, has been caused or hastened by foreign hostility, and has
been consummated amid national disaster and humiliation. With my
memories and associations the question whether the historical
parallel is destined to still further development, can scarcely
fail to be one of deep and peculiar interest. The primary
aspirations of all with French blood in their veins, must be to see
France wipe out the stain of conquest from her escutcheon, and
regain her former position in Europe. As compared with the
attainment of these objects, the choice of government or rulers she
may make will always be of secondary importance. That her present
weakness and abasement will be permanent, or even prolonged, those
who recollect the events of 1814 and 1815, and what followed on
them, will be the least inclined to believe. I remember a time when
France was passing through trials almost, if not quite, as severe
as those she has recently experienced, when it was seriously
contemplated by statesmen that she should be partitioned like
Poland, or consecrated to perp...
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Lady Lucy Clementina Drummond Davies
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