Marie Antoinette — Complete eBook

Jeanne-Louise-Henriette Campan
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Art. ix.  The women, the children, and old men shall be conducted to the interior parts of the country.

Art. x.  The property of the rebels shall be confiscated for the benefit of the Republic.

Art. xi.  A camp shall be formed without delay between Paris and the Northern army.

Art. xii.  All the family of the Capets shall be banished from the French territory, those excepted who are under the sword of the law, and the offspring of Louis Capet, who shall both remain in the Temple.

Art. xiii.  Marie Antoinette shall be delivered over to the Revolutionary Tribunal, and shall be immediately conducted to the prison of the Conciergerie.  Louise Elisabeth shall remain in the Temple till after the judgment of Marie Antoinette.

Art. xiv.  All the tombs of the Kings which are at St. Denis and in the departments shall be destroyed on August the 10th.

Art. xv.  The present decree shall be despatched by extraordinary couriers to all the departments.

MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF MARIE ANTOINETTE, QUEEN OF FRANCE

Being the Historic Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen

BOOK 2.

CHAPTER I.

The ever-memorable oath of the States General, taken at the Tennis Court of Versailles, was followed by the royal sitting of the 23d of June.  In this seance the King declared that the Orders must vote separately, and threatened, if further obstacles were met with, to himself act for the good of the people.  The Queen looked on M. Necker’s not accompanying the King as treachery or criminal cowardice:  she said that he had converted a remedy into poison; that being in full popularity, his audacity, in openly disavowing the step taken by his sovereign, had emboldened the factious, and led away the whole Assembly; and that he was the more culpable inasmuch as he had the evening before given her his word to accompany the King.  In vain did M. Necker endeavour to excuse himself by saying that his advice had not been followed.

Soon afterwards the insurrections of the 11th, 12th, and 14th of July—­[The Bastille was taken on the 14th July, 1789.]—­opened the disastrous drama with which France was threatened.  The massacre of M. de Flesselles and M. de Launay drew bitter tears from the Queen, and the idea that the King had lost such devoted subjects wounded her to the heart.

The character of the movement was no longer merely that of a popular insurrection; cries of “Vive la Nation!  Vive le Roi!  Vive la Liberte!” threw the strongest light upon the views of the reformers.  Still the people spoke of the King with affection, and appeared to think him favourable to the national desire for the reform of what were called abuses; but they imagined that he was restrained by the opinions

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