The advantageous situation of my cottage was combined with pleasing diversion, due to the fact that most of the boats, of which there was an unceasing procession up and down the river, gave me a continuous concert of vocal music or wind instruments.
At Le Moine's I made the acquaintance of Gerbier, the noted advocate, and of his daughter Mme.
He wore a wig very artistically disposed, the hair parted on the forehead like the Apollo di Belvedere's, and this suited him to perfection.
Grétry and Delayrac, who wrote for her, were mad about her.Lebrun was so obliging as to lend me, for purposes of copying, some of his handsomest and most valuable paintings.It was his custom to make no fuss in society; in order to make him respond, it needed something in the conversation which would stir one of his deepest interests, and then he was well worth listening to, particularly when he talked about his art.I thought she had simply come to bid me farewell, but she declared she wished to take me to the inn, and made me get into her carriage, which I found full of pillows and packages.We finally visited Amsterdam, and there I saw in the town hall the magnificent painting by Van Loo representing the assembled aldermen.Long before she died, Nanon had recorded a testamentary deed dated, signed Anne Danneveau, by which she gives and bequeaths.His biography includes the complete text, including this excerpt: I give and bequeath to Mademoiselle Anne Nanon, a free Negro woman who has been in my service for 30 years, a sum of three thousand pounds.At all of the towns a crowd of people stopped the coach to learn the news from Paris.
Did me the honour of coming to dinner.
Besides, dreadful slanders were pouring upon my friends, my acquaintances and myself, although, Heaven knows, I had never hurt a living soul.
The Departmental Archives of Guadeloupe has published a book whose title translates to: Foil and Bow: Chevalier de Saint-George, Créole in the Century of the Enlightenment.It was not long, in fact, before my ailments became unbearable; the doctor I consulted ordered me to take the waters at Carlsbad.It may readily be conceived that the state of my gown was such as to compel me to remain at home, and I resolved thenceforth to accept no invitations excepting to supper.Bonaparte called upon me one morning.But I afterward found out that these gentlemen took no pains to put me near the Empress, and that in spite of her repeated orders they always maintained that they had no lodgings at their disposal.She carried her goodness to austerity, and my father worshipped her as though she had been divine.Close to this pile, whose walls are flanked with towers, I was shown a bell of colossal dimensions half-embedded in the ground, and I was told it had never been possible to raise it in order to hang it in the palace chapel.De Bassano, who had been praised highly to me, and whom I had thus been anxious to see.I enjoyed the contemplation of its limpid water, which vividly reflected the trees on its banks.
It was, therefore, unfortunate that the place bored one.
But his superiority over others never prevented him from being very unaffected, nor from treating his friends with good-nature and generosity.
Lebrun soon got into the habit of pocketing my fees.