8 January 1790: Louvre, castle in Burgundy, & a speech

Friday... (…) Read. At three dress and go to dine with the Dutchess of Orleans. She has changed I think for the better in her Maître d’Hôtel. After Dinner visit the Count de Chastellux and his Lady, in a Pavillon of the Louvre, in the Garret near 160 Steps from the Earth, in little Cabins and stinking most odiously from the collected Treasures of Ages. Madame shews me a Box presented by her Princess who had sent a Painter on Purpose to the Castle of Chastellux to take the different Views. It is situated in the mountainous Part of Burgundy, near a small clear River abounding in Trout. The Count and his Lady are a domestic Couple. How happy might they be to breath the Air of their own Château if it were possible for Mortals to know what constitutes their own Felicity. Go from hence to the Louvre. Monsieur [de Flahaut – AE] is abroad and we console ourselves as well as we can for his Absence. Go to Madame de Chastellux’s. Madame de Ségur is here and the Maréchal. The Dutchess [of Orleans – AE] comes in. I make her a Dish of Tea. She makes Use of many obliging Expressions, the Reason of which I cannot conjecture but incline to think that they result from Inattention. After she is gone the Chevalier de Graave reads us the Speech made this Day by the Parliament of Brittany to the Assemblée. It is written with great Force and Precision and shews that they are confident of being supported by the
Province. Return Home and write. This Day has been like the last but a little colder.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 361.

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