25 November 1789: further speculations about the French debt & weather predictions

Wednesday 25. — This Morning Mr. Parker comes to Breakfast and shortly after Mr. Van Staphorst. The latter has received Letters respecting Mr. Necker’s proposed Negotiation in Holl[and], with one from the two Houses, Commissi[on] of the United States, to Mr. Short. They are very jealous. (…) While he is with me the Count de Luxembourgh comes in. He detains me a long Time for Nothing. Tells me however that the Party of the Nobles are determined to be quiet. This is the only wise Conduct. Go to Mr. Short’s. He tells me that Van Staphorst has been with him. He has already spoken to Mr. Necker on the Subject some Days ago and given him, as he says, a high Idea of the Value of that Debt and surprized him by communicating the Extent of our Credit in Holland. Go to Mr. Grand’s to Dinner. Learn there that the Negotiation is yet in its Infancy. It has been originally handed to Mr. Necker thro a Person of his Acquaintance by Stanidski. The House formerly Fizeau and Grand will have the Negotiation. Go (…) to Mons[ieu]r Millet’s. He is alone; Madame Rosalie and he are parted. The old Story: Youth and Age; Liberty on one Side, Jealousy on the other. Thence to Mad[am]e de Chastellux’s. She has visited this Day at Bellevue and brings me a World of civil Things from the Count de Chastellux and his Lady. The Dutchess comes in. A short Visit but very civil Things from her. Thence to Mad[am]e La Borde’s. Make Tea for them. My friend [Mme Flahaut] is ill, coughing, had a fever all Night. Complains that I neither visited nor sent to know how she did all this Day &c. I come away early (i.e. at eleven) and sit down to write. This Morning was fair. Upon entering the Salon at Mr. Grand’s I predicted Snow. The Company was surprized and I believe thought me very wild and rash but this Evening justifies me for it snows fast.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 312-313.

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