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REVIEW OF THE BRITISH ARMY in PARIS.


(EXTRACT OF A LETTER.)

The Review of the British Army on Monday last was most splendid. It was a proud day for Britain, and for every Briton who was present on the occasion.

The line, it is said, would have extended 15 miles, but the troops were formed in their divisions and brigades first, each marching about seven o'clock in the morning, and formed in close columns of regiments; and a reserve, in the like formation, in a second line on the right of the first, consisting of the household troops, the heavy dragoons, and some brigades of horse artillery, being on the Champ Elysee, next the Place de LouisXV. and the others extending to the left, beyond the unfinished Triumphal Arch, in a direction towards the Pont de Neuilly. The Duke of Wellington (not in uniform) inspected the line about nine; the Prince of Orange soon after passed with his Staff, and took his post at the head of his division, as did the other Generals; Blucher, and some others, also looked at them.

At about ten the Duke came, in full uniform, with all his stars, ribbons, &c. having the Emperor of Russia on his right, and the Emperor of Austria on his left, and followed by an immense retinue, among whom were Monsieur, the Grand Dukes Nicolas and Michael, &c. &c. They passed the whole line, amidst a cloud of dust that absolutely obscured the sun. The right division had laurel in their helmets and caps, the next oak; some of the others had acacia, lime, &c. which improved their appearance. The British and Hanoverian bands played "God Save the King," the Nassau and Belgian "Oh! Belgium, Oh!" as the Emperors, &c. passed the line. The Cortege returned between the lines to the right, and took their post of salute on the very spot where Louis XVI. was beheaded.

The cavalry and artillery made a most admirable appearance, and the style with which the former darted up to form half-squadrons near the point of salute, confounded the Parisians, and made the ground quake beneath their feet. The columns of British infantry moved on with a beautiful solidity; the two first bands, with laurel, passed to the "Downfall of Paris." This was rather unfortunate, although they had acquired a right to it, and although, when marching through St. Denys, on their route to Paris, all the bands did play it: the Duke of Wellington felt hurt on this occasion; the other regiments did not continue the tune, I believe in consequence of a caution given by an Aide-de-Camp. The next division, however, marched to the tune of "Nong Tong Paw." Most of the others marched to national or regimental tunes. The Nassau troops were a beautiful body of men, and dressed in admirable style, particularly their bands (which were the most remarkable of the whole line), and their pioneers with new hatchets and unsoiled aprons, &c.- They appeared more like soldiers for the stage than the field. The British were a contrast, for they had nothing for shew, only what was useful, or had been used, and their tattered colours on their broken poles, proved the dangers they had encountered and overcome. The Belgians formed an unfortunate groupe, for except that they had arms of British manufacture in their hands, and numerous drums, &c. in their fronts, they had neither the appearance nor discipline of soldiers; but they gave great effect to the division of Guards and Highlanders which followed, and required no such contrast; but as it was, they appeared to have every thing the others did not possess. The superiority of our artillery admits of no comparison over all the others in the line, although also paid by Britain. These, both horse and foot, and the Royal Sappers and Miners, looked what they truly are, superior to any thing else of the kind in the world. The greatest contrast of all in the eyes of the Parisians, were the Highlanders and Brunswickers. All were anxious to see the former, and were delighted with them when they came- none to see the latter, for when they appeared, nothing but sacres, diables, abominations, could be heard. They did not strike me as deserving this, but they have been tolerable plunderers, which may account for it. The King of Prussia, in a plain dress, joined the Duke &c. in the course of the march. The review seemed directed to the Emperor of Russia. He received and returned the salutes, and the Duke marched at the head of the line, and saluted him also. The whole occupied about seven hours, being concluded about five. Upwards of five hours and a half were occupied in the marching part, which was done in quick time, only General and Field Officers saluting. The column was closed by the heavy brigade of battering guns.- By one account, the number of troops that passed were 65,000 besides artillery; and by another 72,000, exclusive of artillery: I think the latter the most correct, if I may guess. More British troops are daily arriving, and their rations are all supplied by France- but report says, the British are to march immediately to Normandy; and another says, the British are to occupy Paris, and the other troops to be sent to Normandy.

WELLINGTON'S VICTORIES.


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In spite of the denunciations in The Times, Courier, and all the rest of the Ministerial prints, Bonaparte is treated by the immense crowds who arrive from all parts to see him, with that respect which the English are ever inclined to pay to misfortune, however merited. The sailors in particular view him with the greatest commiseration. They adopt a curious mode to give an account to the anxious spectators in the boats of his movements. They write in chalk on a board which they exhibit, a short account of his different occupations- "At breakfast"- "In the cabin with Captain Maitland"- "Writing with his Officers" -"Going to dinner"- "Coming upon deck," &c.

The ordonnance of the King of France against some of the Generals and Ministers of Bonaparte, is said to be considered in Paris as nearly nugatory, not only on account of the escape of most of the persons named in it, but likewise because Fouche is thought to have connived at their escape. It is affirmed that Labedoyere quitted Paris on the 24th, only the night previous to the promulgation of the ordonnance. The departure of the Duc de Bassano (Maret) had something of the air of a triumphal march: his carriages, in which was a suite of domestics, were followed by two covered waggons. He was provided with a Royal passport, signed by the Duc d'Otranto.



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