§ 599.Louis-Philip, a constitutional king

19th century:
§599. Louis-Philip, a constitutional king (1830): VI-13.

A dubious shall not go far off the reign,
The greatest part will sustain him:
A capitol will never want that he should reign,
He shall not be able to hold his grand charge.

(Un dubieux ne viendra loing du regne,
La plus grand part le vouldra soustenir:
Un capitole ne vouldra point qu'il regne,
Sa grande charge ne pourra maintenir.)

Keys to the reading:
A dubious: Louis-Philip, cf. «with elder Bourbon dubious» (§598,VI-95);

The greatest part: A counterpart of «The least partaking of the power» (§598,VI-95);

A capitol: One and the representative of the conquering party in the July revolution, Thiers, the Capitol being the political symbol of supreme honour and victory (cf. Littré).

A dubious shall not go far off the reign (i.e. nearing it ): «The princess Adelaide was regarded as having a great range of ideas, and above all grandiose ambition in favor of her family. So she was ever occupied in assembling by his brother the people whose opinions or interests alienated themselves from the elder branch of the Bourbons. It is under her influence that the party was formed, proved entirely ready when the revolution of 1830 occurred (Feller).» (Torné-Chavigny, 1860, p.22)

The greatest part will sustain him: «M. De Lafayette waited his royal visitor on the landing of the Town Hall (1830)... The situation was grave and solemn. This step Louis-Philip was to take in going to demand the sanction of the people in the palace of the people, it was an entire, complete and eternal breaking off of the monarchy with divine right, it was the crowning of the fifteen years' conspiration, it was the consecration of the revolt in the person of a prince of blood (Al. Dumas).» (Torné-Chavigny, id.)

A capitol will never want that he should reign, He shall not be able to hold his grand charge: « One of the men who did most to enthrone Louis Philippe was Thiers, who has defined the constitutional monarchy in the phrase, " It reigns but it does not govern." The new king never accepted this maxim and aspired from the first day to rule in all things, less from any theory of monarchy than from a passion for affairs, big or little, and above all from a conviction of the superiority he fancied he held over his ministers, even when he had before him a Casimir Périer or a Thiers. He could not even delegate authority as Napoleon did and Charles X wanted to do. It was necessary then that he govern by address and by artifice, not by imposing and ordering, but by reducing and dividing, by subalternising his ministers and gaining his parliamentary majorities by interesting groups and individuals. Such a policy was incompatible with sincerity towards persons and things; incapable of violating the laws, Louis Philippe used all his skill to contract the laws and to undermine free institutions. These dangerous tendencies, however, manifested themselves but gradually.» (HH, p.54-55)
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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