Imperial courts of France, England, Russia, Prussia, Sardinia, and Austria . he expulsion of the Jesuits. This sharp-witted beau soon pushed aside the bungling Bartensteinand the other corrupt officials of the old school, andestablished himself in that high reputation for the suc-cessful management of affiiirs which caused him long tobe styled the driver of the European coach. Whileambassador at Paris he plunged eagerly into all its gay-eties and excesses, and was so thoroughly imljued withadmiration for all that was French that he never restedtill he had eftected that alliance, which, cemente

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Imperial courts of France, England, Russia, Prussia, Sardinia, and Austria . he expulsion of the Jesuits. This sharp-witted beau soon pushed aside the bungling Bartensteinand the other corrupt officials of the old school, andestablished himself in that high reputation for the suc-cessful management of affiiirs which caused him long tobe styled the driver of the European coach. Whileambassador at Paris he plunged eagerly into all its gay-eties and excesses, and was so thoroughly imljued withadmiration for all that was French that he never restedtill he had eftected that alliance, which, cemente
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Imperial courts of France, England, Russia, Prussia, Sardinia, and Austria . he expulsion of the Jesuits. This sharp-witted beau soon pushed aside the bungling Bartensteinand the other corrupt officials of the old school, andestablished himself in that high reputation for the suc-cessful management of affiiirs which caused him long tobe styled the driver of the European coach. Whileambassador at Paris he plunged eagerly into all its gay-eties and excesses, and was so thoroughly imljued withadmiration for all that was French that he never restedtill he had eftected that alliance, which, cemented by themai-riage of Louis XVI. with Marie Antoinette, lastedtill the Revolution, which deprived them both of life.Little could the astute Austrian perceive of the delugewhich was coming to sweep away that rotten old state- 408 THE COURT OF AUSTRIA. fabric. Mixing but wdth courtiers like himself, he knewand cared nothing about the new ideas which were al-ready fermenting amongst the French philosophers andcommonalty, and which at last burst forth in such adiie ebullition.. rvuivi c.u at u rs. j niftf KNli^iilJ.iiAriI^N. ^srr^mm^mnm^m sda/^ih] of FEiRi^go^a THE COURT OF PERSIA. THE SHAH OF PEESIA. This Oriental monarch appears, as represented in theengraving, on a state occasion, at his court, wearing histriple cro\vn, radiant and sparkling with precious gems andinnumerable diamonds of the purest water, and of immensevalue, which blaze around his neck, shoulders, and arms;thus exhibiting and illustrating the splendor of Orientalmagnificence. As an Oriental monarch over the Empire ofPersia, and recently at war with England, whose ambassa-dor was received, a few months since, with great considera-tion at the Imperial Court of France, his portrait in thesplendor of Eastern costume is an object of interest andcuriosity, with which we trust our readers will be pleased.We only add a brief biographical sketch of this illustriouspersonage. The present sovereign, Mohammed Nassr-ed-din-Sh

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