21 April 1789: purging a mistress

Tuesday… Employed this Morning in writing. (…) At noon go to the Champs Elisées and walk. A fine Day as was Yesterday but this is preferable as it is a little overcast. Call on Mr. Jefferson to walk but he is not at Home. Meet him returning but he is engaged. Continue my Exercise till three o’Clock. Return Home, dress and go to dine with Gen. Dalrymple. (…) Go late to the Comédie Francaise. Mr. Millet has been purging his Mistress to cleanse her Stomack. She appeals to me to know whether it was necessary and I assure her it was not, her Breath being very sweet. She seems to think that Monsieur phisics her too much. He means it well but she would probably be as well pleased to receive Marks of Affection in a different Way. From the Comedy visit Madame de Chattellux [Chastellux]. (…)

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 48.

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