In honor of the birth of yet another royal baby – a discussion between William Hanlin and General McClellan concerning the French princes on McClellan’s staff – and royalty in America:
. . . the door swung open and three men, two in magnificently tailored uniforms, the other dressed like a private, strode into the room.
The result of all that was a taxing of my rusty French and my introduction to three surprising additions to McClellan’s staff – the Prince de Joinville and his nephews, the Duc de Chartes, and the Comte de Paris. Three princes of the House of Orleans.
“You know, of course, that the Comte de Paris is pretender to the throne?” McClellan said as their powerful boot steps receded down the hallway.
“We’ll have to see about that,” he laughed.
“They’d make you a peer,” I observed.
“Well, then, perhaps . . . imagine, Willie, a Prince, a Duke, and a Count on my staff, who would have ever thought it?”
“I don’t know Mac, I think our forefathers fought a war to rid us of titles.”
“You believe that, Willie?” He answered, no longer laughing, “Before you answer, I remind you that you, a Boston Brahmin are addressing a Philadelphia Main-liner.”
“We don’t have titles designating that, do we?”
“Think we need them, Colonel?”