2 November 1789: Sorbonne & Church Property

Monday… — This Morning write and then go to the Louvre; proceed thence with Mad.e de Flahaut and Madame de La Borde to the King’s Garden. Walk a while & then go to the Church of the Sorbonne and examine the Monument of the Cardinal de Richelieu. It is an admirable Piece of Sculpture. The Dome of the Church also is fine, but as to the Proportions of Architecture &c. I am no Judge. Set down the Ladies and stay a little while with my Friend… Return Home and thence go to the Palais royal to dine with the Dutchess of Orleans. I arrive late and have kept Dinner waiting half an Hour. Excuse myself as having waited for News from the Assemblee nationale, which is true because I staid at the Louvre some Time to see the Bishop D’Autun who did not come in. We dine well & pleasantly with as little Ceremony as is possible at the Table of a Person so high in Rank. After Coffee go with Mad.e de Ségur to the Apartments of Mad.E de Chastellux, and thence go to the Louvre, where I find Mad.e Oudenarde. Shortly after she leaves us another Lady comes in who makes her Visit short. We sit and chat very ghastly till near nine, when I go to Mad.e de Chastellux’s again. The Maréchal de Ségur reads us a Letter from Mr. de Lally Tollendal to his Constituents which is not calculated to do much Good to the Assemblee nationale. It will not do him any Good either, for the King, at whom it is meant, will want rather those who can render the Assembly useful than those who absent themselves from it. The Dutchess comes in and gives us the Bulletin of the Assembly. They have determined that the Church Property belongs to the Nation, or at least that the Nation has a Right to make Use of it. This latter Expression seems to have been adopted as conciliatory. From hence go to Mad.e de La Borde’s. After some Time the Bishop D’Autun comes in. He is to breakfast with me ToMorrow and go thence to Mons.r de La Fayette’s. I drink Tea and return Home at eleven. This Morning was very fine but the Evening is damp and almost rainy. (…)

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 281.


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