Catalogue Finding NumberWYC:1525/7/1/5/1/10
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleJournal page
DescriptionPage from the journal of Ann Walker, Jun 1834-Feb 1835

[Diary Transcription]

on which he signed his abdication April 5th 1814. took leave of his troops from the cour de cheval blanc. Walked in Les jardins Anglais, which are beautifully laid out – saw the tulip tree flourishing plentifully, & growing much higher than I ever saw one in England – Acacias very fine – plain trees particularly so – beds of roses & Rhododendrons raised about 3 feet from the ground but flat, not raised in the middle – returned to Hotel dinner 7.30. Soup – Mutton cutlets, eel, veal Cutlets, Poulet, soufflet, cream, strawberries, & cherries. bed at 9.30 -

[date missing, June 25th] Up at 7. breakfasted 8.15 wrote journal, off at 15 to 10... [in pencil: for Fossard -] country very beautiful to Joigny – hillside planted with vines, diversified with small strips sown with wheat, barley &c. – At Sens got some Cofé [Café] au lait, & saw Cathedral. a very fine monument of the Dauphin son of Louis 15th by Coustou, his chef d’ouvre [oeuvre], opposite the Altar is the figure of Religion & that of Immortality holding the compass with which it appears to measure with attention the surface of the globe. &

[four lines crossed out]

one recognises Immortality by the crown upon her head, but still more by the circle she holds in her hand. She appears to occupy herself in forming with complacency a bundle of symbolical attributes of different virtues which characterised the Dauphin such as the balance of Justice, the mirror & serpent of Prudence the bed of purity & candour &c – Religion is known by the cross in her hand, & the veil upon her head, her right hand rests upon two urns which she contemplates, a crown of stars symbolical of celestial rewards. This figure is full of majesty & sweetness &


the draperies are admirable. On the back part of the pedestal one sees Time standing upon ruins & debris of every kind which he tramples under his feet. By means of this elevation he has already enveloped in his veil one of the urns, the Dauphin dying first, & one sees him endeavouring to extend it over that of the Dauphine, who was living when this Mausoleum was begun & who preferred the model of it to many others – At the side of Time is conjugal love, under the figure of a young man, he holds the torch of Hymen extinguished & reversed & regards with grief a child who so afflicts himself by the sight, as to break, a wreath of flowers in his hands symbolical of the union of the spouse – This part of the mausoleum is most rich in composition & of the most dignified & affecting expression. The figure of Time is boldly developped delivered with strength, & learnedly contrasted with that of conjugal love – This contrast gives effect & warmth to all that part of the Mausoleum, it puts itself in opposition with the anterior which is as it ought to be more dignified & grave – on the sides of the pedestal are engraved the Epitaphs of the Dauphin & the Dauphine written by Cardinal de Luynes, Archbishop of Sens. 1st almoner (formerly) to the Dauphine – under the epitaphs are [word crossed out] emblazoned their escutcheons. without any other ornament than branches of Cypress which are preciously finished.
Monsieur Coustou the artist died in 1777 aged 61. The figures of Religion & Hymen were executed by Julian celebrated sculptor brought up by Coustou.

Here lies, the excellent Prince
Louis Dauphin.
Having acquired in the flower of his age
All that maturity requires
for governing.
In spite of the ardent prayers which
Which all France offered to God,
during his sickness.
Death, jealous of our happiness
Took him from us –
Thus France weeps for a Prince
Adorned with all the gifts of Nature
Versed in all the Sciences
Which are the resource of Kings.
Passionately fond of his country
and the people
Whom he was one day to govern
The most respectful
towards his august father.
A faithful husband.
A Father who made it a duty
To form himself
His august children to virtue
By his precets [precepts] & example
That Religion weeps for a Prince
DateJun 1834
Extent1 page


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