25 June 1789: rumours about the Assembly

Thursday… (…) Go to Versailles, at which Place I do not arrive till near four oClock. (…) I go to Table where the Comte de Laval and some Ladies and other Gentlemen are. After Dinner the Ladies tell me that La Touche is to call on them at the Theatre, and in Consequence I agree to go that I may meet him. Visit the Duc de La Vauguyon, who is gone out, then pay my Respects to Madame de Tesse. I find that all the Doctor’s News was unfounded. This Day the Majority of the Clergy and a Minority of the Noblesse have joined the Tiers. The Minority of the Clergy have constituted themselves into a Body and agreed to the King’s Propositions. The Majority of the Noblesse, who of Course continue to be the Body, have (it is said) determined also to accept the same Propositions but with some Modifications. The National Assembly, or whatever else they may now chuse to call themselves, have agreed on a Deputation to the King. The Question is whether his Majesty will receive it, because thereon depends the ultimate Fate of the Noblesse. Go to the Comedie; stay till the End of both Pieces but La Touche does not appear. There is some Misunderstanding in this Business and I must wait for the Dénouement. At nine set off for Paris and do not arrive till half past eleven. Take Tea and get to Bed at half past twelve. This Day has been showery and the Night is cold.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 122.


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