wonderfully well considering. They are still very much in want of means, and live on a very reduced scale.
Buckingham Palace, llth March 1848.
My Dearest Uncle, -1 profit by the departure of Andrews to write to you a few lines, and to wish you joy of the continued satisfactory behaviour of my friends, the good Belgians; fervently do I hope and really trust all will go on well; but what an extraordinary state of things everywhere. "Je ne sais plus ou je suis," and I fancy really that we have gone back into the old century. But I also feel one must not be nervous or alarmed at these moments, but be of good cheer, and muster up courage io meet all the difficulties.
Our little riots are mere nothing, and the feeling here is good— What is your opinion as to the late events at Paris? Do you not think the King ought to have returned toVincennes or somewhere else a day or two before, and put himself at the head of the army? Ought not Montpensier at least to have gone to Vincennes? I know Clém even thinks this-as also that one ought to have foreseen, and ought to have managed things better. Certainly at the very last, if they had not gone, they would all have been massacred; and I think they were quite right, and in short could not avoid going as quickly as they could, but there is an impression they fled too quickly. Still the recollection of Louis XVI.... is enough to justify all, and everybody will admit that, but the Princes, they think, ought to have remained. What do you think of all this? I think the blunders were all on the last three or four days-and on the last day, but were no longer to be avoided at last, there seemed