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[5] She herself called him so on this occasion, and he belonged to the Jacobin Club; but he was also one of the Girondin party, of which, indeed, he was one of the founders, and it was as a Girondin that he was afterward pursued to death by Robespierre.

[6] Narrative of the Comte Valentin Esterhazy, Feuillet de Conches, iv., p. 40.

[7] The queen spoke plainly to her confidants:  “M. de La Fayette will only be the Mayor of Paris that he may the sooner become Mayor of the Palace.  Petion is a Jacobin, a republican; but he is a fool, incapable of ever becoming the leader of a party.  He would be a nullity as mayor, and, besides, the very interest which he knows we take in his nomination may bind him to the king.”—­Lamartine’s Histoire des Girondins vi., p.22.

[8] “Elle [Madame d’Ossun, dame d’atours de la reine] m’a dit, il y a trois semaines, que le roi et la reine avaiet ete neuf jours sans un sou.” Letter of the Prince de Nassau-Siegen to the Russian Empress Catherine, Feuillet de Conches, iv., p. 316; of also Madame de Campan, ch. xxi.

[9] Letter of the Princess to Madame de Bombelles, Feuillet de Conches, v., p.267.

[10] “N’est-il pas bien gentil, mon enfant?”—­Memoires Particuliers, p. 235.

[11] See two most insolent letters from the Count de Provence and Count d’Artois to Louis XVI, Feuillet de Conches, v., pp. 260, 261.

[12] Feuillet de Conches, iv., p. 291


[1] Letter to Madame de Polignac, March 17th, Feuillet de Conches, v., p. 337.

[2] The Monks of St. Bernard were known as Feuillants, from Feuillans, a village in Languedoc where their principal convent was situated.

[3] Lamartine, “Histoire des Girondins,” xiii., p.18.

[4] The messenger was M. Goguelat:  he took the name of M. Daumartin, and adhered to the cause of his sovereigns to the last moment of their lives.

[5] Letter of the Count de Fersen, who was at Brussels, to Gustavus (who, however, was dead before it could reach him), dated March 24th, 1792.  In many respects the information De Fersen sends to his king tallies precisely with that sent by Breteuil to the emperor; he only adds a few circumstances which had not reached the baron.

[6] Afterward Louis Philippe, King of the French, who was himself driven from the throne by insurrection above half a century afterward.

[7] Madame de Campan, ch. xx.

[8] Ibid., ch.  XIX.

[9] “Vie de Dumouriez,” ii, p. 163, quoted by Marquis de Ferrieres, Feuillet de Conches, and several other writers.

[10] Even Lamartine condemns the letter, the greater part of which he inserts in his history as one in which “the threat is no less evident than the treachery.”—­Histoire des Girondins, xiii., p. 16.


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