The French Revolution: A History - Vol. 2

The French Revolution: A History - Vol. 2

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The French Revolution: A History - Vol. 2

The French Revolution: A History - Vol. 2

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In the fast nights of September, when the autumnal equinos is past, and gray September fades into brown October, why are the Champs Elysées illuminated; why is Paris dancing, and fiinging fire-works ? They are gala-nights, these last of Seprember; Paris may well dance, and the Universe: the Edifice of the Constitution is completed! Completed; nay, revised, to see that there was nothing insufficient in it; solemnly proffered o his Majesty; solemnly accepted by him, to the sound of cannon-salvoes, on the fourteenth of the month. and now by such illumination, jubilee, dancing and fire-working, do we joyously nandsel the new Social Edifice, and first raise heat and reek fare, in the name of Hope.

The Revision, especially with a throne standing on its vertex, has been a work of difficulty, of delicacy. in the way of propping and buttressing, so indispensable now, something could be done; and yet, as is feared, not enough. a repentant Barnave Triumvirate, our Rabauts, Duports, Thourets, and indeed all Constitutional Deputies did strain every nerve: but the Extreme. Left was so noisy; the People were so suspicious, clamorous to have the work ended: and then the loyal Eight Side sat feeble petulant all the while, and as it were, pouting and petting; unable to help, had they even been willing. the Two Hundred and Ninety had solemnly made scission, before that; and depart . . .

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