29 July 1789: leaving for London

Wednesday... — This Morning occupied in Arrangements for my Departure for London. At noon go to the Hôtel de Ville for my Passports etc., which La Fayette gave Yesterday in charge of his Aid de Camp. I do this upon the Principle that if I do not take Care of my own Business I cannot expect anyone else to do it for me. Mankind are in the constant Practice of believing in the Attention of others and of neglecting those who believe in them. II faut être juste. I find that I was right. At the Hôtel de Ville there are a World of Difficulties, but they are at length all surmounted. From thence go to take Leave of Madame de Flahaut. Perfectly platonic. In this I do myself Violence, but it is right. Thence to Madame de Corny. A number of gentle Reproaches for neglecting her, which I had well merited. Thence to Mons[ieu]r Le Normand’s. A warm Meeting and an affectionate Leave, both of which, I think, mean Nothing. (…) Go to Mr. Jefferson’s & dine en famille. (…) This Day pleasant.

A diary of the French revolution, by Gouverneur Morris, 1752-1816. Ed. by Beatrix Cary Davenport. Vol. 1 (Boston, 1939), p. 165-166.


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