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Text for Page 099 [06-19-1855]

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Here our Henry the Eighth�s sister lived, nuns, Jesuits,
soldiers have held it, and here Marat�s �committee of public
safety� sate.     Finally an Antiquary made it what it now is,
and at his demise �twas purchased by the Government of the time
being.     There are pictures, tapestry, armour, swords, arquebus-
ses, matchlocks, race cabinets, carving, and what Rabelais
calls a �Bergomaseo lock,� (which appears curiously adapted to its
purpose.)     An odd sort of monastic-looking garden is in the rear,
below a spacious Roman Chamber, with remains of bathing appara-
tus, � and further on is an entrance to the Catacombs, which un-
dermine this part of Paris.              Again to the Louvre picture
galleries, and principally in the Napoleon room, where are the
relics of the Emperor.     The famous grey riding coat, the purple
imperial robes, breeches, shoes, crowns, camp equipage and bed,
sword and pistols, of the �grande homme �, � all are here.  One
I could contemplate with pleasure, Napoleon�s coat as general
of the French Republic.              I fancy the effect of all these en-
shrined relics on hot blood, and glory loving Frenchmen!  Who
started this?  Perhaps old Louis Phillippe, for he was prone to
play at respecting the great upsetter of kings.   Well, it�s in tune
with the present dynasty!     I can only like Napoleon at one
period of his life, � when he was a sous-lieutenant of Artillery,
spare and hungry, studying mathematics, �wanting courtesy� to his
landlady, and walking about the streets of Paris half contemplating
suicide, because he seemed to be of no use to France, and have
little business in the world.      /     David, the painter has not
had justice accorded him, his works are very fine.     There is a               
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