May 18 1815: More Bad French

In this day’s Moniteur appears an Imperial decree ordering all the royal volunteers to present themselves before sundry generals instantly, and join the Imperial armies – also commanding them immediately to fill up their offers of money and horses, made to the King, for the Emperor’s service. This seems to me a hard measure, but it may be found necessary to remove the King’s friends from Paris. I wrote a little bad French, dined with Bruce at the Very, went with him to the Française, saw Talma in Brittanicus, and afterwards Thenard in Scapin Britannicus is tiresome and unnatural – I understand Molière much better than modern French, I think.

— John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary for May 18 1815.

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