Memoirs of the Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself
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Title: Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry  With Minute Details of Her Entire Career as Favorite of  Louis XV, "Written by Herself"
Author: Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
Release Date: December 6, 2008 [EBook #2563]
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*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MEMOIRS OF THE COMTESSE DU BARRY ***
Produced by An Anonymous Volunteer, and David Widger
MEMOIRS OF THE COMTESSE DU BARRY
WITH MINUTE DETAILS OF HER ENTIRE CAREER AS FAVORITE OF LOUIS XV
"WRITTEN BY HERSELF"
By Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
With a special introduction by Robert Arnot, M.A.
GUTENBERG EDITOR'S NOTE:
This delightful (piquant, the comtesse would say)
pseudonymous work was in fact written not "by herself" but by Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon (1786-1864). The persona created is that of a woman who always tells the truth as she sees it, but it is made clear to the reader that what the narrator sees is very seldom exactly the objective truth. The author ends as well as beginsin medias res(in the middle of the action), thus creating an illusion of a slice of a journal but simultaneously giving the reader the uneasy feeling that the first and last chapters seem to be missing.
The French-style quotation marks have, for ease in typesetting and use, been changed to American-style quotation marks, and the dot after the name of Louis XV has been removed to conform to American punctuation. Captions of illustrations are omitted because the illustrations themselves cannot be inserted. A few minor editing errors have been silently corrected. No other changes have been made; the irregularity in italicizing or not italicizing, in translating or not translating French words, and in punctuating quotations of letters, is in the text itself. Notes are identified as coming from author, tr. (translator), editor, or
Gutenberg editor.
Contents
DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS
SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT ARNOT
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER XXIV
CHAPTER XXV
CHAPTER XXVI
CHAPTER XXVII
CHAPTER XXVIII
CHAPTER XXIX
CHAPTER IX
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER XI
CHAPTER XII
CHAPTER XIII
CHAPTER XIV
CHAPTER XV
CHAPTER XVI
CHAPTER XVII
CHAPTER XVIII
CHAPTER XIX
CHAPTER XX
CHAPTER XXI
CHAPTER XXII
CHAPTER XXIII
CHAPTER XXX
CHAPTER XXXI
CHAPTER XXXII
CHAPTER XXXIII
CHAPTER XXXIV
CHAPTER XXXV
CHAPTER XXXVI
CHAPTER XXXVII
CHAPTER XXXVIII
CHAPTER XXXIX
CHAPTER XL
CHAPTER XLI
CHAPTER XLII
CHAPTER XLIII
CHAPTER XLIV
CHAPTER XLV
CHAPTER XLVI
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER I Letter from Lebel—Visit from Lebel—Nothing conclusi ve —Another visit from Lebel—Invitation to sup with the king—Instructions of the comte Jean to the comtesse
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER II A slight preface—Arrival at Versailles—"La toilette"—Portrait of the king—The duc de Richelieu—The marquis de Chauvelin—The duc de la Vauguyon-Supper with the king—The first night—The
following day—The curiosity of comte Jean—Presents from the king—How disposed of
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER III The king's message—Letter from the countess—A second supper at Versailles—The duc d'Ayen—A short account of M. de Fleury—The duc de Duras—Conversation with the king—The next day—A visit from the duc de Richelieu—Visit from the duc de la Vauguyon—Visi t from comte Jean—Visit from the king—A third supper—Favor
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER IV The duc d'Aiguillon—The duc de Fronsac—The duchesse de Grammont—The meeting—Sharp words on both sides—The duc de Choiseul—Mesdames d'Aiguillon—Letter from the duc d'Aiguillon—Reply o f madame du Barry—Mademoiselle Guimard—The prince de Soubise —Explanation—The Rohans—Madame de Marsan—Court friendships
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER V The duc de la Vauguyon and the comtesse du Barry—The marquis de Chauvelin and the comtesse—M. de Montbarrey and the comtesse—Intrigues—Lebel—Arrival of the du Barry family—The comte d'Hargicourt—The demoiselles du Barry—Marriage of the comtesse—The marquis de Bonrepos—Correspondences—The broken glass
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VI Journey to Choisy—The comtesse du Barry and Louis XV —The king of Denmark—The czar Peter—Frederick II—The abbé de la Chapelle—An experiment—New intrigues—Secret agents-The comtesse and Louis XV—Of the presentation—Letter of the comtesse to the duc d'Aiguillon—Reply—Prince de Soubise
CHAPTER VII
CHAPTER VII The comtesse and the duc d'Aiguillon—M. de Soubise —Louis XV and the duc d'Aiguillon—Letter from the comtesse to the kin g —Answer of the king-The "Nouvelles a la Main"—The comtesse and Louis XV—The supper—The court ladies mystified—The comtesse and M. de Sartines
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPTER VIII The sieur Ledoux—Thelettre de cachet—The duc de la Vrillière—Madame de Langeac—M. de Maupeou—Louis XV—The comte Jean
CHAPTER IX
CHAPTER IX The king of Denmark—The courtesans of Paris—The duc de Choiseul and the bishop of Orleans—Witty repartees of the king o f Denmark—His visit to madame du Barry—"The court of king Petaud," a satire —Letter of the duc d'Aiguillon to Voltaire—The duchesse de Grammont mystified—Unpublished letter of Voltaire's
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER X When is the presentation to take place?—Conversation on this subject with the king—M. de Maupeou and M. de la Vauguyon —Conversation on the same subject with the king and the duc de Richelieu —M. de la Vrillière—M. Bertin—-Louis XV and the comtesse—The king's promise—The fire-works, an anecdote—The marquise de Castellane—M. de Maupeou at the duc de Choiseul's—The duchesse de Grammont
CHAPTER XI
CHAPTER XI A word concerning the duchesse de Choiseul—The apartment of the Comte de Noailles—The Noailles—Intrigues for presentation —The comte de Bearn—M. Morand once more—Visit of the comtesse Bearn to the comtesse
du Barry—Conversation—Interested complaisance—The king and the comtesse du Barry—Dispute and reconciliation
CHAPTER XII
CHAPTER XII The comtesse de Bearn—The supper—Louis XV —Intrigues against my presentation—M. de Roquelaure—The scalded foot —The comtesse d'Aloigny—The duc d'Aiguillon and madame de Bearn —Anger of the king's daughters—Madame Adélaïde and the comtesse du Barry —Dissatisfaction of the king
CHAPTER XIII
CHAPTER XIII Of the presentation—The king and the duc de Richelieu at comtesse du Barry's—M. de la Vauguyon—Conversation—Letter of the duke to the comtesse du Barry—Reply—The countess unites herself with the Jesuit party—Madame Louise—Madame Sophie—M. Bertin —Madame de Bercheny
CHAPTER XIV
CHAPTER XIV The princesses consent to the presentation of madame du Barry—Ingenious artifice employed by the king to offer a present to the duc de la Vauguyon—Madame du Barry's letter respecting it—The duke's reply—The king's letter—The court in despair—Couplets concerning madame du Barry—Her presentation—A change in public opinion —An evening party at the house of the countess—Joy of her partizans —Conversation with the chancellor respecting the lady of the maréchal de Mirepoix
CHAPTER XV
CHAPTER XV The Comte de la Marche, a prince of the blood—Madame de Beauvoir, his mistress—Madame du Barry complains to the prince de Soubise of the princess de Guémenée—The king consoles the countess for this—The duc de Choiseul—The king speaks to him of madame du
Barry—Voltaire writes to her—The opinions of Richelieu and the king concerning Voltaire
CHAPTER XVI
CHAPTER XVI Unpublished letter of Voltaire to madame du Barry—Reply of the countess—The maréchale de Mirepoix—Her first interview with madame du Barry—Anecdote of the diamonds of madame de Mirepoix —The king pays for them—Singular gratitude of the maréchale—The portfolio, and an unpublished letter of the marquise de Pompadour
CHAPTER XVII
CHAPTER XVII Conversation of the maréchale de Mirepoix with the comtesse du Barry on court friendship—Intrigues of madame de Bearn —Preconcerted meeting with madame de Flaracourt—-Rage of madame de Bearn —Portrait and conversation of madame de Flaracourt with the comtesse du Barry—Insult from the princesse de Guémenée—Her banishment —Explanation of the king and the duc de Choiseul relative to madame du Barry —The comtesse d'Egmont
CHAPTER XVIII
CHAPTER XVIII Intrigue of the comtesse d'Egmont with a shopman—Hi s unhappy fate—The comtesse du Barry protects him—Conduct of Louis XV upon the occasion—The young man quits France—Madame du Barry's letter to the comtesse d'Egmont—Quarrel with the maréchal de Richelieu
CHAPTER XIX
CHAPTER XIX Madame du Barry separates from madame de Bearn —Letters between these ladies—Portrait of madame de l'Hôpital—The ladder—The bell—Conversation with madame de Mirepoix—First visit to Chantilly—Intrigues to prevent the countess from going
thither—The king's Displeasure archbishop de Senlis
CHAPTER XX
towards
the
princesses—The
CHAPTER XX Unpublished letter of Louis XV—Madame du Barry's cousin, M. de Maupeou—The comtesse du Barry saves the life of a young girl seduced by the arts of the curé of her village—She obtains pardon of the comte and comtesse de Louerne—The king presents her with Lucienne—A second meeting with the youthful prophet—His further predictions —He is sought for—His mysterious letter to the countess
CHAPTER XXI
CHAPTER XXI Extraordinary anecdote of Louis XIV and madame de Maintenon—The comtesse du Barry at Chantilly—Opinion of king and comte de la Marche respecting the "Iron Mask"—Madame du Barry visits madame de Lagarde
CHAPTER XXII
CHAPTER XXII The chevalier de la Morlière—Portrait of the duc de Choiseul—The duc de Choiseul and the comtesse du Barry—No reconciliation effected—Madame du Barry and the duc d'Aiguillon —Madame du Barry and Louis XV
CHAPTER XXIII
CHAPTER XXIII Dorine—Mademoiselle Choin and the maréchal d'Uxelles —Zamor—M. de Maupeou's wig—Henriette—The duc de Villeroi and Sophie—Letter from the comtesse du Barry to the duc de Villeroi—His re ply —The countess writes again—Madame du Barry and Sophie—Louis XV and the comtesse du Barry
CHAPTER XXIV
CHAPTER XXIV The prince des Deux Ponts—Prince Max—The dauphin
and Marie Antoinette—The comtesse du Barry and Bridget Rupert —The countess and Geneviève Mathon—Noël—Fresh amours—Nocturnal adventure—Conclusion of this intrigue
CHAPTER XXV
CHAPTER XXV Madame du Barry succeeds in alienating Louis XV from the duc de Choiseul—Letter from madame de Grammont—Louis XV —The chancellor and the countess—Louis XV and the abbé de la Ville —The maréchale de Mirepoix and madame du Barry
CHAPTER XXVI
CHAPTER XXVI Baron d'Oigny, general post-master—The king and the countess read the opened letters—The disgrace of de Choiseul resolved upon—Lettre de cachet—Anecdote—Spectre of Philip II, king of Spain —The duc de Choiseul banished—Visits to Chanteloup—The princesses—The dauphin and dauphiness—Candidates for the ministry
CHAPTER XXVII
CHAPTER XXVII The comte de la Marche and the comtesse du Barry—The countess and the prince de Condé—The duc de la Vauguyon and the countess—Provisional minister—Refusal of the secretaryship of war —Displeasure of the king—The maréchale de Mirepoix—Unpublished letter from Voltaire to Madame du Barry—Her reply
CHAPTER XXVIII
CHAPTER XXVIII A few words respecting Jean Jacques Rousseau—The comtesse du Barry is desirous of his acquaintance—The countess visits Jean Jacques Rousseau—His household furniture—His portrait —Thérèse—A second visit from madame du Barry to Jean Jacques Rousseau—The countess relates her visit to the king—Billet from J. J. Rousseau to madame du
Barry—The two duchesses d'Aiguillon
CHAPTER XXIX
CHAPTER XXIX The king's friends—The duc de Fronsac—The duc d'Ayen's remark—Manner of living at court—The marquis de Dreux—Brézé —Education of Louis XV—TheParc-aux-Cerfs—Its household—Its inmates—Mère Bompart—Livres expended on theParc-aur-Cerfs—Good advice—Madame
CHAPTER XXX
CHAPTER XXX Fête given by the comtesse de Valentinois—The comtesse du Barry feigns an indisposition—Her dress—The duc de Cossé—The comte and comtesse de Provence—Dramatic entertainment—Favart and Voisenon—A few observations—A pension—The maréchale de Luxembourg—Adventure of M. de Bombelles—Copy of a letter addressed to him—Louis XV—M. de Maupeou and madame du Barry
CHAPTER XXXI
CHAPTER XXXI Madame du Barry purchases the services of Marin the gazetteer—Louis XV and madame de Rumas—M. de Rumas and the comtesse du Barry—An intrigue—Dénouement—A present upon the occasion —The duc de Richelieu in disgrace—100,000 livres
CHAPTER XXXII
CHAPTER XXXII A prefatory remark—Madame Brillant—The maréchale de Luxembourg's cat—Despair of the maréchale—The ambassador, Beaumarchais, and the duc de Chaulnes—the comte d'Aranda—Louis XV and his relics—The abbé de Beauvais—His sermons—He is appointed bishop
CHAPTER XXXIII
CHAPTER XXXIII M. D——n and madame de Blessac—Anecdote—The rendezvous and
the Ball—The wife of Gaubert—They wish to give her to the king—Intrigues—Their results—Letter from the duc de la Vrillière to the countess—Reply—Reconciliation
CHAPTER XXXIV
CHAPTER XXXIV Conversation with the king—Marriage of the comte d'Artois—Intrigues—The place of lady of honor—The maréchale de Mirepoix—The comtesse de Forcalquier and madame du Barry—The comtesse de Forcalquier and madame Boncault
CHAPTER XXXV
CHAPTER XXXV Marriage of madame Boncault—The comte de Bourbon Busset—Marriage of comte d'Hargicourt—Disgrace of the comte de Broglie —He is replaced by M. Lemoine—The king complains of ennui —Conversations on the subject—Entry into Paris
CHAPTER XXXVI
CHAPTER XXXVI Visit from a stranger—Madame de Pompadour and a Jacobinical monk—Continuation of this history—Deliverance of a state prisoner—A meeting with the stranger
CHAPTER XXXVII
CHAPTER XXXVII A conspiracy—A scheme for poisoning madame du Barry —The four bottles—Letter to the duc d'Aiguillon—Advice of the ministers—Opinion of the physicians—The chancellor and lieutenant of police —Resolution of the council
CHAPTER XXXVIII
CHAPTER XXXVIII Conclusion of this affair—A letter from theincognita—Her examination—Arrest of Cabert the Swiss—He dies in the Bastille of poison—Madame Lorimer is arrested and poisoned—-The innocence of the Jesuits acknowledged—Madame de Mirepoix and the 100,000