The Diary of James Gallatin: The Diary of James Gallatin, Secretary to Albert Gallatin, 1813-1827

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PART III
THE MINISTRY IN FRANCE FROM THE RESTORATION OF THE BOURBONS TO THE ASSASSINATION OF THE DUC DE BERRI

NOVEMBER 1815-JULY 1820

NOVEMBER 23, 1815: NEW YORKlb /> Much to my regret, father has written to-day declining the mission to France. Lately he seems to have got an idea in his head that he must devote his attention to making money for his children. Mamma is greatly disappointed as well as Frances; they had been looking forward to the gaieties of Paris life after all I had told them. Albert does not care; he would prefer to live in the backwoods.

ALBERT GALLATINto THOMAS JEFFERSON NEW YORK, November 27, 1815 DEAR SIR, On my return from Washington I found your welcome letter of October 16, which my friends here, daily expecting my return, had kept instead of forwarding it.

Our opinion of Bonaparte is precisely the same. In that Lafayette's and the opinion of every friend of rational liberty in France did coincide. The return of that man was generally considered by them as a curse. Notwithstanding the blunders and rooted prejudices of the Bourbons, the alienation of the army and the absolute want of physical force had made them, upon the whole,

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