The late King was subject to fits of abstraction in
the most nume- rous company, and under such circumstances would give utterance to the feelings of an honest heart. At the time Talleyrand first came over here as Ambassador, he was one day dining at St. James's with most of the Foreign Ambassadors. News had been received that Casimir Perrier was lying dangerously ill with the cholera. The first word the King uttered at table was to ask Talleyrand what was the last news of Casimir Perrier. " Ile is dying, if not dead, your Ma- jesty," he answered, in his sepulchral tone of voice. The King sighed heavily, and remained silent ut first ; but presently he began saying to himself, "What a pity, what a pity ! the only truly honest statesman in France dead ; the only man capable of ruling such a pack of san- guinary rogues. Is it not so ? " added the King, suddenly turning to his nearest neighbour, the Baron de N—. The latter diplomatist, much embarrassed, looked unutterable things, and muttered unintelli- gible ones. The whole corps diplornahque, not daring to look at one another, looked down on their plates, bursting with scarcely repressible laughter, and Talleyrand's spoon worked from his soup-plate to his mouth as rapidly as the paddle of a high-pressure steam-boat.—Times.
A few days ago the Queen Dowager had into her presence the pages who bad taken their turns in waiting on the late King, and stated to them her sense of the manner in which they had performed their duties, adding that their late Royal Master had expressed himself most favour- ably of their great attention to him. The Queen Dowager then pre- sented to each, as a mark of her gracious approbation, a very handsome present, chiefly jewellery, all of which articles had belonged to the late King. We regret to hear to-day that the Queen Dowager is much indisposed, and that she is unable to leave her residence at Bushey.— Morning Herald.