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ADVERTISEMENT.

THE following Letters were sent by Mr. King to a friend in London; when he returned to England, he was asked permission to make them public: to this he made no great objection, if he could be allowed first to correct them. Mr. King's affairs at that time engrossed his whole attention, and the first edition was given to the world in a state not altogether so correct as might be desired, Mr. King has since had more leisure; he has corrected the whole work himself, and replaced fome Letters which were mislaid by the publisher.

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LETTERS, &c.

LETTER I.

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Paris, August 1, 1809. MONSIEUR is again generally resumed; Citoyen is used in the public offices : for as the old regime is not formally re-admitted, the changes of the Revolution are not yet rescinded; so, too, Unité, indivisibilité de la Republique, liberté, egalité, fraternité, ou la mort, appear on the walls of public buildings;

ou la mort” is nearly rubbed out. After so much devastation, the demolition of convents and cathedrals, the murder of so many inhabitants, the extirpation of clergy and

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nobility, we expect to see an alteration in every town and village.; that every house would exhibit marks of ravage, and every countenance traits of sadness; but it is not

there is as much gaiety and hilarity as if there had been no revolutionary tribunals, no executions, no permanent guillotine. The republic the French fought for is not obtained; they seem 'conscious of it; they wish for it, but few seem disposed (however discontented) to make another struggle for it,---, I mean few of the sober solvent citizens; for there are always a multitude of men and women surrounding Paris, so wretched, inconsiderate, and desperate, as to attempt any thing; but the others remember the excesses that have been committed, the atrocious abuse and prostitution of liberty, the peculation and slaughter.

Riches seem to have diminished; it appears so, because there is not yet that osten,

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