28 September 1789: affairs

Monday 28. —This Morning write. Receive a Message from Madame de Flahaut & at twelve call on her. In chatting on a Variety of Subjects she desires to know what Opinion I formed from her Countenance, which I tell her with much Candor. She tells me that I should never have succeeded in possessing her if I had not declared that I could not be satisfied with meer Friendship and must either be happy as her Lover or abandon her Society. She has been laboring to reconcile the Bishop D’Autun & the Marquis de Montesquieu. Hopes she has effected it. Tells me the Plan of the former respecting Finance, which is in some
Respects defective. Wishes me to have an Interview with them and will endeavor to arrange it. Return Home and write. Then go to Dinner at Dalrymple’s. Drink too much Wine. Our Company Colo[nel] Gardner and Crosby. At eight go to sup at Madame de Flahaut’s. She is in hourly Expectation of her Guests, therefore we are very discreet. This Day is cloudy and threatens rain. I think from the Appearance of the Clouds there has been high Wind at Sea.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 234-235.

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