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Foreign News: Visit Of Louis Phillippe To England

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The last advides from Ellrope bring the following particulars of the arrival of the French King in England: "The King of the French and his suite embarked at Treport on the evening of the 7th inst, for England. The Queen was deeply aflected on taking leave of her husband, this being her first separation from the King since her marriage: she was observed to shed tears. Aboul day-break the following morning the French squadron approached the English coast, and the inhabitants of Portsmouth, the great naval port of England, were early on the look out for it, and made every necessary preparation for the distinguished visitor. The arrival in England of Louis Phillippe and his minister, M. Guizot, on a visit to Queen Victoria, is the primary attraction of the week. The reception which the French monarch experienced at landing, was hearty and fervent; and from the time of his setting foot on British soil, until he found himself in the Royal apartments of Windsor Castle, his progress resembled an ovation. W heiher the visit will add to the popularity of Louis Phillippe amongst his own subjects, is questionable; but no doubt exists that it will increase the number of his vvell wishers on this side the channel. It was contrived that a sort of fleet, as it were, formed of the squadrons of experimental gun-brigs, and one or two ships of the line, and some other vessels, should, by stretching out some miles off the harbor, in the direction of the French coast, at once act as heralds of the apiroach of the French vessels, and as a sort of escort to his Mnjesty up the harbor.The meeting of the Sovereigns was of the most affectionate character, without any formal or cold ceremonial greetings. When the King alighted, he embraced Her Majesty in a most cordial and affectionate man ner, and irnmediate giving her bis arm, proceeded towards the grand staircase. At the entrance of the crimson drawing room, her majesty parted Trom the King, and he mmediately proceeded to his private apartments, attended only by his personal attachees and attendants, where he remainec! fora short time. [n about m quarter of an hour, he again met her Majesty at lunch, which was strictly a private party. The last time King Louis Phillippe visited England was in 1815, during the bundreddays. When Louis XVIII. went to Ghent, the Duke of Orleans took refuge in England, where he remained until the battle of VVaterioo enabled him once more to return to the Palais Royal. - Louis Phillippe has entered the 72d year of his age, ncluding the last, having been torn on the 6th October, 1773. On Thursday, Louis Phillippe, in company vvith the Queen and Prince Albert visited the house at Twickenham in which he resided during the time he was an exjle in England. The royal party afterwards proceeded toHampton Court, where ihe French monarch examined and admired the paintings. The party returned to Windsor to dine." The French King appears to be sincerely disposed to promote the peace of his own dominions and of Europe. The Journal du Cher publishes the following speech, purporling to have been recenlly addressed by the King to M. Larochcefoucauld Liancourt, who presented to him as President of the Society of Christian Morality, various addresses forwarded to him by the English and American Societies for the preservation of Peace: "I am happy to receive these addresses, and I feel particularJy gratified to find that our American friends should do justice to the pains I have taken to maintain the general peace of Ëurope. There is no advantage in making war, even when a naíion has obtained the object for which it has fought, because ultimately the losses are always greater than ihe gains. I have ever professed that principie; when l was in America forty years ago, I was often asked to propose toasts at public dinners, and l almost invariably expressed the wish that universal and permanent peace should exist among all nations. l wás then exiled from my country, and my anxious desire was that it should enjoy peace and happiness. Th is is what caused me to adopt that salutary precept. l could not then foresee that I should be called upon one day to exert my influence and act myself in favor of the grcat cause. May the Almighty accord me the maintainance of peace. - War appears to me a malediction; and war in Europe, among civilized nations, I regard as an absurdity; if the smaller States desired it, we should prevent ihem; and as peace between the great powers becomes daily more consolidated, I hope, if í íive a few years longer, that a geneal war in Europe will have become impossible." This speech has been severely criticised by some portions of the French press.Tne- fdlowing sftetch of the character of Louis Phillippe, akhough drawn in rather favorable colors, wil! dbubtless in terest our readers. It is from' the "Pictu resque Armual," and waspuWfehed a year or two since. "Leuis Phiïippft ftás the fwofdd' nstinc of the genflernaiï and ïhe Parisiaw tfitizen - the grandson of St. Louis, and the king of the revolution of July. His life iis graTe, industrious and aerious; he often rises before day-break; as soon as he wakes his work begins. He reads the dispatches oí his ambassadors, and prepares the labors of the day, and acts as from a knowledge of the importance of one additional day in his reign. He reads few newspapers, except the English ones. His break fast is soon finished, after which it is his ministers' turn; with these he ]ives in the greatest familiarity. The man whom he adopts has at once, at all times, admission to the King, eepouses the cause of the Minister as he would his own; he takes an interest in his success n the rostrum, in his success of every eind; he defends him warmly andsincerey, and when he is obliged to displace rim, he never soys adieu, but au revoir. Hl is famiüarity is raí once dignified and rank. His good sense is exquisite, even ts severity is tempered by a grace only o be found in him. He detests the smoke of tobacdOj and thinks that in a royal chateau the smell of it is abominable, but as every one smokes at the present day ie has found a way of complaining of it which oflends no one. In the numerous reunions of the Tuilleries, when business prospers, when his ministry is safe for a ew weeks the King is a happy man. - ie has a natural love for all superior men, of whatever kind; he seeks them; ie draws them to himself; he is never at a. loss. His speech is easy, his memory rompt; he has been tried by good and bad fortune; a prince of the blood, a sollier, an outlaw exile, a schoolmaster, a cing - he has been on a level with all the various conditions. Above all, this man, ïo surrounded by labors, shines as the faher of a family. His peculiar province seems to be, to bring up, instruct and enrich his children. He fully unoerstands that a large family in our days, is, for mnces, the least ruinous, and the most easily pardoned of all luxuries. At present he has no less than four sons, the sride and support of his throne. These are the Duc de Nemours, the Prince Joinville, the Duc de Aumale, and the Duc de Montpensier. They have all )een brought up at College, among other children of their age. They followed the same courses, contended for the same prizes. And of these prizes so envied and disputed, they have had their share, but not without great difficultyand hardstudy. All these children have been for the king a delightful subject of paternal diligence and zeal; he has followed them step by step in their studies; he has directed them one after the other; these children have been his joy and pride; he has loved them at the same time with passion and prudence. Those who are dead he has mourned in such a way as to draw tears from the most insensible. Amidst these unexpected griefs, the death of the princess Marie, in the bloom of youth and beauty, and just as she had ach ie ved the renown to which her ■ great talents as a sculptress fairly entitle her; the death of his son, the Duke of Orleans, the heir to the throne, in the glory of manhood, the courage of the King has not failed him. By the side of the King, lookmg like an nngel of the royal family is the Queen; a modest, amiable, clever woman, who has contributed not a little to the popularity of her family. The Queen, a daughter of kings, married the Duke o Orleans when he wus only a fugitive. - Their marriage was founded much more on mutual esteem and afiection than upon interested motives. When the Duchess of Orleans reached the throne, she ha been consulted by her husband in all the important speculations of their private üfe as landholders and capitalists. She is now equally consulted in the management of poütical affairs. She is Queen as she has been the mother of a family without ostentation; on the contrary though very laborious and devoted, she has takenrare to conceal her labors. Tbeögh less a warrior than Napoleon the satisfoction of the present King o the Tulleries is quite as great, when he sees himself surrounded, aaluted and re cognized by the soldiers and standards of F ra nee. Although a peaceful King Louis Phillippe has been a soldier, and re members it well. From the way ii which he watches the martial movements you can seo that he loves them and re members them with pride. If he is no embroiled with all Europe, the King o the French bas at least within his reacl an active and impassioned, constantly re nert'ed war, in that with África. In tha he has enclosed the martial ardor o France, and keeps it on the alert; there he sends ench year battalionsof the elite to learn the dangers and fatigues of tha great game called war." THE INDIAN MAIL. The following is an example of the ra piitity with which the French carriage which conveys the English and Frencl despat ches from' Calais and Marseilles now performs the jourhey. The Indian Mail' which left London oh the 8th o August a'rriveA at Calais at and three quarrer minutes past eight, on the toorn ing of the 9th. H'wving left ihat town a te ftrimrtês past it arme at Paris at thirty minutes paí one in' th morhing. Having left Paris at forty min utes past two o'cloclc, it arrived1 at Mar seilles on the ïl-th of August at thirt)minutes past four in the morning, having accomplished the distance from Calais to Marseilles within thespace of sixty-seven hours and twenty minutes. The carriage contained 55 iron chests of a foot square, in which were the English despatches, and 16 wooden cases of vnrious Jimensions containing the French despatches. The moment they arrived at Marseilles they were conveyed on board in English steamboat. nnd in halfan hour iftewards they were on their way to Malta, ivhere a boat belonging to the Oriental 2ompany was waiting to receive them. From Alexandria they proceeded to Suez md thence across the Desert to India. - jess than five weeks sufficed to effect the assage from London to Bombay. The ame speed is observed on the return cf he mail from India. Two couriers, one rench, and the other English, ahvays iccompnny the carriage. Independent of hese arrangements, the English govern■nent is about to conclude a contract with he Oriental Stenmboat Company, in orer to have the India despatches convey;d from Alexandria to Southampton dieet. By these means letters from India rsay be received in London every 15 ays.


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