There has been a change in the French Ministry. In
the course of the thirteenth conference, it became evident that M. Drouyn de Lhuys was sliding into Count Buol's hopes of an accommodation; andlhe received story is, that he committed himself, in the name of his Government, to something like a promise. Evidently this has been disavowed: the public was startled early in the week 144,haythe announcement that M. Drouyn de Lhuys had "resigned." constitution of the French Government is such that the retirement of one man makes no difference in its proceedings. Count Walewski, who succeeds M. Drouyn de Lhuys, may not be so able a statesman ; but Count de Persigny, who succeeds M. Walewski, compensates by bringing to London one of the Empe- ror's most trusted coadjutors. The French Ministerial crisis, which began early in the week, is only an episode, the interest of which gives place to the larger interest in the unbroken course of the "Napoleonic idea."