The French Ministry are embarrassed and annoyed by the con-
duct of the Chamber of Deputies, which has turned restive on their hands. Marshal SOULT seems to be the person who has rendered himself peculiarly obnoxious to their disfavour; and they have accordingly refused to authorize the payment of a sum of about 1401. which the Marshal had laid out upon his official residence without a vote of the Chamber. He demanded to be impeached, or to have the money given him. The Chambers refused to gra- tify him in either of these particulars. Another cause of dissatis- faction with the Ministry, is their conduct in turning out of office two persons—one a Councillor of State, the other an Inspector of the University—for voting against them on a late division respect- ing the grant of pensions to Bourbonites under the Charter. Party-spirit ran so high in the Chamber when the dismissal of these officers was discussed, that several of the Deputies very nearly came to blows.
The trial of the two young men BENOIT and BERGERON, who are charged with firing at the King on his way to open the sitting of the Chambers, was going on, but no verdict had been given when the last accounts arrived.
The affairs of the Dutchess DE BERRI still occupy much atten- tion in France. It is said that the physicians who have been sent to Blaye have declared that they have great doubts as to the pregnancy of the Dutchess; which, however, she positively as- serts to be real. The Carlists pretend to believe that the whole affair is a fabrication of the Government, in order to throw dis- credit on their party ; and the Republicans join in the charge, but assign a different cause for the deceit,—namely, a desire to make use of it as a pretext to send the Dutchess out of the country unpunished.
The arrear of business is so great in the French Chambers, that it is said the Ministry mean to propose a second session this year. The additional session will also enable them to get the Supplies voted regularly upon the presentation of the Budget, and thus free them from the necessity of asking for provisional supplies, which it is necessary to do under their present financial arrange- ments.