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Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud
v5

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MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST.  CLOUD 

Being Secret Letters from a Gentleman at Paris to a Nobleman in London 

BOOK 5. 

LETTER I. 

PARIS, September, 1805. 

MY LORD:--Since my return here, I have never neglected to present myself
before our Sovereign, on his days of grand reviews and grand diplomatic
audiences.  I never saw him more condescending, more agreeable, or, at
least, less offensive, than on the day of his last levee, before he set
out to be inaugurated a King of Italy; nor worse tempered, more petulant,
agitated, abrupt, and rude than at his first grand audience after his
arrival from Milan, when this ceremony had been performed.  I am not the
only one who has made this remark; he did not disguise either his good or
ill-humour; and it was only requisite to have eyes and ears to see and be

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