6 February 1790: King’s emotions

Saturday...—This Morning write. (…) Dine at Home and go after Dinner to the Louvre. We [Morris & Mme de Flahaut – AE] make Use of every Means in our Power to perpetuate the noble Family de La Billardrie. It is a great Pity that our Efforts have hitherto proved unsuccessful. We then ride and afterwards I go to Mad[am]e de Chastellux’s. (…)  Madame de Ségur is at Madame de Chastellux’s. She tells me, and the Maréchal confirms it, that the Queen decided the King to go to the Assembly; she adds, as received from an aristocratic Quarter, that his Majesty the Day before swore hard at Necker and asked him if that Step would procure Peace, which the poor Minister could not promise. That he was very much out of Humor also all the Morning and that when he returned from the Assemblée he passed some Time in Tears. I doubt that this Picture is overcharged but I believe the Ground is just, and my fair Informant is of the same Opinion. The Marechal avows that he has been greatly mistaken as to Necker’s Abilities. Go from hence to the Louvre and pass the Evening. Nothing remarkable. I communicate to my friend [Mme de Flahaut] the Information rec[eive]d from Madame de Ségur. She is much surprized and disbelieves it. Take La Borde and Madame Home and then come Home myself. A very fine Day tho rather cloudy.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 406-407.


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