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Russia and Poland
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RUSSIA AND POLAND 

CHAPTER XIX 

My Stay at Riga--Campioni St.  Heleine--D'Asagon--Arrival of the
Empress--I Leave Riga and Go to St.  Petersburg--I See Society
--I Buy Zaira 

Prince Charles de Biron, the younger son of the Duke of Courland,
Major-General in the Russian service, Knight of the Order of St.
Alexander Newski, gave me a distinguished reception after reading his
father's letter.  He was thirty-six years of age, pleasant-looking
without being handsome, and polite and well-mannered, and he spoke
French extremely well.  In a few sentences he let me know what he
could do for me if I intended to spend some time at Riga.  His table,
his friends, his pleasures, his horses, his advice, and his purse,
all these were at my service, and he offered them with the frankness
of the soldier and the geniality of the prince. 

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