The Life of Madame de La Rochejaquelein

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. PARIS IN 1792. In February, 1792, M. and Mme. de Lescure moved to Paris, and took up their residence in a house called the Hotel Diesbach, 8 Rue des Saussaies.1 A very anxious time followed for the young couple. Their friends continued to emigrate in crowds, and M. de Lescure, from an idea of duty which seems strange to us, felt that he ought to follow them; and indeed he was blamed for not starting. His wife suffered much from fear of his action being misunderstood and set to work to try and ascertain from the Royal family an indication of what their wishes were in the matter. She could not be presented to the King, she tells us, because, for fear that the wives of the Tiers Etat Deputies would want to be admitted at Court, all presentations had been stopped. Mme. de Lamballe, however, was an intimate friend of Mme. de Donnissan, and Victoire determined to seek her help. Her words about this brave and unfortunate lady are valuable. "I went hardly anywhere," she says, "except to Mme. La Princesse 1 This house, which was abandoned after the fatal Aug. 10th, was found to be in good order and still furnished in 1796, and became the headquarters of the Society for the Independence of Poland. de Lamballe. I was a witness to all her anxieties --all her sorrows. No one was ever more courageously devoted to the Queen than she. She had made the sacrifice of her life. A little before the 10th August she said to me: 'The greater grows the danger the more courage I feel. I am ready to die, I am afraid of nothing.' She had no thought but for the King and Queen." Mme. de Lescure implored this kind friend to speak to the Queen and ask her wishes, and Her Majesty's reply, which she charged Mme. de Lamballe to repeat word by word, was this: "I have nothing new to say...

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