23 November 1789: Vicq d’Azyr, patriots & imperialists

Monday 23. — This Morning Mons[ieu]r Doriniere calls on me. He has reduced all the Information I gave him to writing, tho not too exactly. On the whole he has concluded to try his Fortune in France rather than cross the Atlantic, in which Determination he is perfectly right. […] Go from thence to the Louvre and as soon as some Visitors have left Madame [Flahaut] we pay our Vows. Then I call on Madame La Borde. While there, Mons[ieu]r sends to my Carriage a Work he has lately printed. Go to the Champs Elisées & buy a Ring for six livres which is not worth much more. A Boy who had found it sells it to me; perhaps I may find the Owner. Go to Dinner at Madame Lavoisier’s. They do not come in untill after four so that it is near five when we sit down to Dinner. A good Deal of the Politics of the Day. Madame interests herself much. From hence I go to the Louvre. Madame La Borde and Mons[ieu] Vic d’Azyr are there. Sit awhile, then take Mad[am]e de F[lahaut] to Mad[am]e La Tour’s to Supper. I return home and in my Way call on Mad[am]e de Chastellux. The Affairs of the Patriots, which from Accounts received on Saturday Evening were in excellent Train, have it seems sustained a dreadful Reverse, and Ghent, from which a Detachment of the Imperialists had been driven, is retaken by Means of a Reinforcement. This has been a fine Day but cold.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 309.

Image: Félix Vicq d’Azyr

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