24 December 1789: Vanity, salve trade, & protestants

I go to the Hôtel des Américains to view the Commestibles. Trout and Carp from the Rhine are at no small Price. Go from thence to the Chastelet to Dinner; Mesdames de Bréhan and La Suze with Mons[ieu]r de Moustiers. The Conversation is of no Consequence but Mad[am]e de Bréhan as usual says much Evil of Mad[am]e de Flahaut and as she joins to this some kind Expressions towards me, Vanity might indulge an Idea of Preference; but I know how little Ground there is for Self Flattery on these Occasions and therefore, without any Reflection on the Subject, Chance shall decide. Go to the Louvre and there perform [with Mme de Flahaut – AE] what Mad[am]e de Bréhan would kindly have dissuaded me from. Thence to Madame de Chastellux’s. Mad[am]e de Ségur comes in. Chat with her a little while and then the Dutchess arrives escorted by the Count & VisCount de Ségur. These Gentlemen enter into a Discussion of the Slave Trade and as I do not expect any new Lights on the Subject I leave them and go back to the Louvre to Supper. A pretty large Company. The Bishop [d’Autun] comes in while we are at Supper; Monsieur and Madame de Guibert are of the Party. I say sundry civil Things to her which are well taken. If she suspects my Connection with her friend she will of Course desire to seduce me. Return Home at twelve. The Weather has been very warm this Day, the Wind high from the Southward, in the Evening clear. The Assemblée have this Day passed a Resolution which gives the Protestants Admission (by necessary Implication) to the Offices of State. The Bishop [d’Autun] is much pleased with it but said nothing in its Support. I advise him to have his Conduct remarked in some of the Journals because that his Order is already against him and therefore he must secure the Interest of those who are against his Order.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 342-343.


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