25 september 1789

Friday 25. — This Morning write. Go by Appointment at ten to visit Madame de Flahaut. She says that Neckar has made a wretched Discourse, filled with Self Applause. (…) Go to the Opera according to my Promise and arrive towards the Close of the Piece at the Loge of Madame Lavoisier. The Dancing after the Opera is prodigiously fine. Vestris and Gardell who are upon the Stage together are both wonderful, and Gardell is second only because Vestris is first. Go to the Arsenal and take Tea with Madame Lavoisier en attendant le Retour de Monsieur, who is at the Hôtel de Ville. As Madame tells me that she has no Children I insist that she is une Paresseuse, but she declares it is only Misfortune. I am not in Tone to urge this Argument closely and therefore leave to her Imagination to make the most of it. Monsieur comes in and tells us of the Obstination of the Bakers. This Corps threatens the Municipality of Paris with a Discontinuance of their Occupation unless a Confrere, justly confined, is released. Thus the new Authority is already trampled on. I take Mr Lavoisier apart and propose to him to negotiate with the Farm for the Debt of the United States.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p.229-230.

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