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LOUIS XVIII.


One of the French Papers, Le Censeur, has recently published the following as extracts of letters, written by Louis XVIII. when Count de Provence, at the commencement of the Revolution. Their appearance, at a moment like the present, must create a considerable prejudice against Louis le desiré. The first dated Versailles, May the 13th, 1787, is addressed to the Duke de Fitzjames, and the supposed writer is the present King.? The letter is as follows: -

"You see, my dear duke, that the assemblage of the Notables is drawing to a close, and, notwithstanding, you have never touched upon the great question. You cannot suppose that the Notables will make any difficulty in believing (after the documents with which I furnished you more than six weeks ago), that those children supposed to be the King's are not his. These documents prove to a demonstration that the conduct of the Queen is criminal. You are a subject too much attached to the blood of your Masters not to blush at bending before those fruits of adultery. By to-morrow, therefore, and not later, make a report to my bureau on this subject. I shall absent myself; but my brother Artois, whose bureau does not sit, will preside in my place. When the fact to which the report alludes is once asserted, it is easy to foresee the consequences. The Parliament, which does not love the Queen, will make no great difficulty; but should it be disposed to raise any, we are in possession of the means of making it adopt reasonable sentiments. As to the attempt, it must be made, and as our pretensions are founded on truth, they cannot but succeed. This is the only way by which I can easily be made to forget the enormous sacrifices which I was obliged to make in order to come at this information.? I know very well that it will not be very agreeable to the King; but between ourselves, how can he deserve to reign who is more than a play-thing in the hands of his wife.? Yes, my dear Fitzjames, he is a poor creature, and France deserves to have a real King.

(Signed) "LOUIS STANISLAV XAVIER."


When the Convention was taken up with the proceedings against Louis XVI. the following letter was said to have been written by Monsieur (his present Majesty) to the Count d'Artois: the letter is of the date of the 28th December, 1792:-

"Every thing the most fatal which fortune could devise had conspired against us for the last eighteen months, but it appears that she is disposed to become more friendly, and to look on us with some greater degree of favour.?What does it concern our interest that Conde has obtained the command, to our prejudice, of the army which has been furnished by the King of Prussia and the Emperor if the blow which is preparing be struck? That alone will be worth his whole army- sixty men of the Mountain, belonging to the assembly, and the English Minister, are with us: with such succours we may hope for every thing.- Quit, my dear Brother, that voluptuous lethargy in which you are plunged? see Pitt more frequently. I admit that it is hard to cringe when we should command, but that time cannot be far distant; the reeds which bends exists much longer than the oak which snaps or breaks in two- you will be an oak in your turn. My Brother (and God knows what will be the result of it), give me an account of every thing, especially of the new measures of the Cabinet of George III. or more properly speaking of William Pitt."

(Signed) "LOUIS STANISLAV XAVIER."


The following is a letter from the same to the same, written after the death of Louis XVI.:-

"It is done, my dear Brother, the blow is struck- I hold in my hands the official news of the death of the unfortunate Louis, and have only time to send it you; I am also informed that his son is in a dying state. In shedding tears for our dear relatives, you will not forget of what advantage to the State their death is.- Let that idea be your consolation, and think that the Grand Prior, your son (the Duke de Angouleme) is after me the hopes and heir of the Monarchy.

(Signed) "LOUIS STANISLAV XAVIER."

It is certain that the above, as well as other letters of the same character, are in the 6th volume of the Censeur. They are, no doubt, published at this moment for the purpose of injuring the cause of Louis XVIII. if not to prepare the world for his removal.



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