Guizot

Guizot

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Guizot

Guizot

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NO sooner had Jules Simon sent in his letter of resignation to Marshal MacMahon than he hastened to interview M. Thiers, not allowing even the funeral of M. Ernest Picard to delay his purpose. M. Thiers

Jules Simon and M. Thiers had just been informed of the death of an old friend; M. Simon found him much moved, but also much embarrassed; the Moderate Republican party with which he had marched as guide was now dispersed; fresh means were necessary for the realization of a future still alluring to the active octogenarian.

M. Thiers was upon his guard.

M. Jules Simon thus explains the situation from his own point of view:--

"My fall was desired by three parties; these were the Marshal, the Left and myself. I withdrew between two dictatorships, one of which had offered me support, while the other marvelled at having supported me so long."

That which had offered help was the party of the Marshal; the other belonged to Gambetta, the impatient. From the very opening of the conflict these two names had been connected and opposed.

At one o'clock that day M. Jules Simon convoked a meeting of the Ministers; till then he had acted alone.

Meeting of the Cabinet

His resignation being in the hands of the President of the Republic, there remained nothing but to consider the idea of raising a debate in the Chamber, and of gaining help in resistance to the Marshal. Duc Decazes proposed to attempt conciliation. M. Jules Simon merely laid stress upon the point that General Berthaut should maintain the war Ministry, and General Berthaut declared that as long as he had power "The army should remain unbiassed by politics." The ministers vied with each other in indignant sympathy for their departing chief, vowing unchanging loyalty. Amidst cordial hand-clasps the old athlete bade farewell to friends and power; his active part was played and over.

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