The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France eBook

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[22] Chambrier, i., p. 562.


[1] It was called “L’insurrection du Faubourg St. Antoine.”

[2] The best account of this riot is to be found in Dr. Moore’s “Views of the Causes and Progress of the French Revolution,” i., p. 189.

[3] Madame de Campan specially remarks that the disloyal cry of “Vive le Duc d’Orleans” came from “les femmes du peuple” (ch. xiii.).

[4] Afterward Louis Philippe, King of the French.

[5] “View of the Causes and Progress of the French Revolution,” by Dr. Moore, i., p. 144.

[6] The dauphin was too ill to be present.  The children were Madame Royale and the Duc de Normandie, who became dauphin the next month by the death of his elder brother.

[7] “Aucun nom propre, excepte le sien, n’etait encore celebre dans les six cents deputes du Tiers.”—­Considerations sur la Revolution Francaise, pp. 186, 187

[8] In the first weeks of the session he told the Count de la Marck, “On ne sortira plus de la sans un gouvernement plus ou moins semblable a celui d’Angleterre.”—­Correspondance entre le comte de la Marck, i., p. 67.

[9] He employed M. Malouet, a very influential member of the Assembly, as his agent to open his views to Necker, saying to him, “Je m’adresse donc a votre probite.  Vous etes lie avec MM.  Necker et de Montmorin, vous devez savoir ce qu’ils veulent, et s’ils ont un plan; si ce plan est raisonnable je le defendrai.”—­Correspondance de Mirabeau et La Marck, i., p. 219.

[10] There is some uncertainty about Mirabeau’s motives and connections at this time.  M. de Bacourt, the very diligent and judicious editor of that correspondence with De la Marck which has been already quoted, denies that Mirabeau ever received money from the Duc d’Orleans, or that he had any connection with his party or his views.  The evidence on the other side seems much stronger, and some of the statements of the Comte de la Marck contained in that volume go to exculpate Mirabeau from all complicity in the attack on Versailles on the 9th of October, which seems established by abundant testimony.


[1] A letter of Madame Roland dated the 26th of this very month, July, 1789, declares that the people “are undone if the National Assembly does not proceed seriously and regularly to the trial of the illustrious heads [the king and queen], or if some generous Decius does not risk his life to take theirs.”

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