UCB Libraries

 

Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Individual Item Contents: WPRP 155

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 

Author

Williams, Helen Maria (1762-1827).

Title

The Political and confidential correspondence of Lewis XVI. With observations on each letter.

Imprint

New York: Printed [by the English Press in Paris] for H. Caritat, 1803.

Physical description

3 vols. 8vo. Original boards and quarter calf (covers reattached, scuffed and scraped.)

Call number

WPRP 155

Citation

Stern, Madeleine, "The English Press in Paris and Its Successors," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (1980), 339-342; Shaw & Shoemaker 5589.

Notes

Includes Preface.

Helen Maria Williams' anti-monarchical edition of heretofore unknown letters supposedly written by Louis XVI but actually spurious. A two volume edition in French and a three-volume edition in English were printed in 1803 by the English Press in Paris, of which Williams was part owner with her inamorata John Hurford Stone.

Just prior to publication both editions were seized and the director fo the English Press, James Smith, was arrested. The English edition was intended for distribution in the United States through the New York agent of the English Press in Paris, Hoquet Caritat. The present set obviously survived the rigorous French censorship and was in all likelihood sent in sheets to Caritat, who had the volumes bound.

The set Correspondence unfolds a tale of intrigue and repression, revolutionary ardor and romance, as well as Helen Maria Williams' political involvements and publishing interests.

Epigraph

none

Online copies

Volume I via Hathi Trust

Volume II via Hathi Trust

Volume III via Hathi Trust

Contents

 

VOL. I.

LETTER I. Lewis XVI to M. de Vergennes

7

LETTER II. ----- ------ to M. de Vergennes

23

LETTER III. ----- ----- to M. de Germain

27

LETTER IV. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

41

LETTER V. Lewis XVI to M. de Turgot

58

LETTER VI. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

72

LETTER VII. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

83

LETTER VIII. ----- ----- to M. de Maurepas

88

LETTER IX. ----- ----- to M. de Forbonais

96

LETTER X. ----- ----- to the Duke de Charost

103

LETTER XI. M. Necker to Lewis XVI.

108

LETTER XII. Lewis XVI to M. de Vergennes

111

LETTER XIII. ----- ------ to M. de Vergennes

116

LETTER XIV. ----- ------ to M. de Vergennes

121

LETTER XV. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

128

LETTER XVI. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

153

LETTER XVII. Lewis XVI to M. de Berthier

161

LETTER XVIII. ----- ----- to M. de Lavoisier

166

LETTER XIX. ----- ----- to the count d’Artois

170

LETTER XX. ----- ----- to the archbishop of Arles

181

LETTER XXI. ----- ----- to the count d’Artois

197

LETTER XXII. ----- ----- to the count d’Estaing

206

LETTER XXIII. Lewis XVI to the count de Brissac

217

LETTER XXIV. ----- ----- to M. de Baument

222

LETTER XXV. ----- ----- to the grand master of Malta

232

LETTER XXVI. ----- ----- to M. de Mirabeau

239

LETTER XXVII. ----- ----- to M. de Malesherbes

246

LETTER XXVIII. ----- ----- to M. Duval Depresmenil

257

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

LETTER XXIX. Lewis XVI to pope Pius VI.

4

LETTER XXX. ------ ------ to M. de Rivarol

21

LETTER XXXI. ------ ------ to the duke of Orleans

28

LETTER XXXII. ------ ------ to pope Pius VI

37

LETTER XXXIII. ------ ------ to the duke of Polignac

66

LETTER XXXIV. Lewis XVI to the king of England

75

LETTER XXXV. ------ ------ to the princess of Lamballe

85

LETTER XXXVI. ------ ------ to M. de Malesherbes

90

LETTER XXXVII. ------ ------ to abbÈ Maury

96

LETTER XXXVIII. ------ ------ to pope Pius VI

105

LETTER XXXIX. ----- ----- to the count d’Artois

111

LETTER XL. Lewis XVI to M. de Montmorin

130

LETTER XLI. ----- ----- to the archbishop of Arles

145

LETTER XLII. ----- ----- to M. de BouillÈ

166

LETTER XLIII. ----- ----- to Monsieur

173

LETTER XLIV. ----- ----- to Monsieur

181

LETTER XLV. ----- ----- to the prince of CondÈ

189

LETTER XLVI. Lewis XVI to M. de St. Priest

200

LETTER XLVII. ----- ----- to M. de N-----

207

LETTER XLVIII. ----- ----- to M. Vergniaud

217

LETTER XLIX. ----- ----- to M. de N-----

224

LETTER L. ----- ----- to M. PÈthion, mayor of Paris

235

LETTER LI. ----- ----- to Madame Adelaide

239

LETTER LII. Lewis XVI to Mesdames

244

LETTER LIII. ----- ----- to M. de N-----

253

LETTER LIV. ----- ----- to Monsieur

262

LETTER LV. ----- ----- to M. Dumourier

278

LETTER LVI. ----- ----- to M. Roland

286

LETTER LVII. ----- ----- to the duke of Brissac

294

LETTER LVIII. Lewis XVI to Monsieur

300

LETTER LIX. ----- ----- to M. de Montmorin

307

LETTER LX. ----- ----- to M. de Montmorin

316

LETTER LXI. ----- ----- to Mesdames

321

LETTER LXII. ----- ----- to Monsieur

325

LETTER LXIII. ----- ----- to Monsieur

334

CONTENTS OF VOL. III.

LETTER LXIV. Lewis LXIV. to Monsieur

4

LETTER LXV. ----- ----- to M. de Montmorin

23

LETTER LXVI. ----- ----- to the president of the National Assembly

33

LETTER LXVII. ----- ----- to the duchess of Grammont

38

LETTER LXVIII. Lewis LXIV. to Monsieur

41

LETTER LXIX. ----- ----- to Monsieur

45

LETTER LXX. Monsieur de Malesherbes to the National Convention

54

LETTER LXXI. Lewis LXIV. to M. de Malesherbes

59

SUPPLEMENTARY LETTERS.

Lewis XVI to the baron of Breteuil

63

------- ----- to the king of Prussia

81

The brothers of Lewis XVI to M. de Breteuil

90

Lewis XVI to the abbe ---------

116

Maxims of Lewis XVI

145

Thoughts of Lewis XVI on a few authors, ancient and modern

155

Manuscript thoughts of Lewis XVI, extracted from the works of the king of Poland his grandfather

179

On the Great

187

Of Politics

191

Of Justice and the Laws

198

Of Finance

204

Of Employments and Conditions

209

Of Irreligion

215

Of Conscience

220

Of Virtue

224

Of Praise

226

Of Eloquence

228

Marginal Observations of Lewis XVI on a memoir of M. Turgot, relative to administration

242

Observations of Lewis XVI, relative to a Manifesto, published against his opinion by his Council in 1775, against England during the American war

273

Personal Observations of Lewis XVI on the system of provincial Administration, etc.

306