29 June 1789: visits and conversations about politics & commerce

Monday... (…) Go to Romainville to dine with the Maréchal de Ségur. Meet there Monsieur de Guibert who talks Politics after Dinner in the most inconsequent Manner imaginable. Thinks a Veto necessary for the King on the Laws proposed by the Representative Body, but that he should be allowed to make Use of it only a certain Number of Times, &c, &c. Return to Town and wait on the Dutchess of Orleans to deliver a Billet of Madame de Chattellux. While I wait her Sortie from the Toilette, the Duke of Dorset comes in. I make a slight Bow which he scarcely notices. We do not know each other. The Dutchess enters. He makes up to her and I find his Object is meerly to announce an intended Visit of the Dutchess of Devonshire. Deliver my Billet and make my Visit very short. Am asked to stay Supper but decline. Go to Club. Nothing remarkable. (…) A Conversation with two Gentlemen of St. Domingue on the Liberty of Commerce of that Island. Mediocre on both Sides. Return Home.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 126-127.


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