The Arrival Of King Louis Xviii At Paris

This was known at Nismes on the 13th of April, 1814. In a quarter of an

hour, the white cockade was seen in every direction, the white flag

floated on the public buildings, on the splendid monuments of antiquity,

and even on the tower of Mange, beyond the city walls. The protestants,

whose commerce had suffered materially during the war, were among the

first to unite in the general joy, and to send in their adhesion to the
/> senate, and the legislative body; and several of the protestant

departments sent addresses to the throne, but unfortunately, M. Froment

was again at Nismes at the moment when many bigots being ready to join

him, the blindness and fury of the sixteenth century rapidly succeeded

the intelligence and philanthropy of the nineteenth. A line of

distinction was instantly traced between men of different religious

opinions; the spirit of the old catholic church was again to regulate

each person's share of esteem and safety. The difference of religion was

now to govern every thing else; and even catholic domestics who had

served protestants with zeal and affection, began to neglect their

duties, or to perform them ungraciously, and with reluctance. At the

fetes and spectacles that were given at the public expense, the absence

of the protestants was charged on them as a proof of their disloyalty;

and in the midst of the cries of "Vive le Roi," the discordant sounds

of "A bas le Maire," down with the mayor, were heard. M. Castletan was

a protestant; he appeared in public with the prefect M. Ruland, a

catholic, when potatoes were thrown at him, and the people declared that

he ought to resign his office. The bigots of Nismes even succeeded in

procuring an address to be presented to the king, stating that there

ought to be in France but one God, one king, and one faith. In this they

were imitated by the catholics of several towns.