Source Problems on the French Revolution

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4. Montmorin, Letter to the King.

Versailles, June 22, 1789.

SIRE,—The object upon which Your Majesty is going to decide finally this morning is so important, the decision He is going to take may have such far-reaching consequences, that my attachment for the person of Your Majesty forces me to place them again before his eyes in advance of the moment when He is to make his final decision.... It is under these circumstances that it is proposed to Your Majesty to maintain with a firm hand the old constitution.... I am certainly very far from approving or excusing the conduct of the third estate; no one in the world condemns it more than I do and is more afflicted by it; but, however extravagant and however condemnable it may be, the public judges it quite differently. Supported by this opinion, the third estate will not abandon the defense it has constructed; it will grow more bitter against the first two orders; it will disobey the orders of Your Majesty, and He will have compromised his authority uselessly. He will be forced to dissolve the states general, and Your Majesty has seen what would be the consequences of it; perhaps, even, the third estate would not allow itself to be dissolved. From that time disorder and trouble would be at their height, and Your Majesty has seen what means remain with which to repress them. The plan that has been proposed to Your Majesty is noble, grand, and it seems to me the only one worthy of the character and kindness of Your Majesty.

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Chicago: "4. Montmorin, Letter to the King. Versailles, June 22, 1789," Source Problems on the French Revolution in Source Problems on the French Revolution, ed. Fred Morrow Fling and Helene Dresser Fling (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1913), 95–96. Original Sources, accessed February 21, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D7XB4LGXGMDIDM8.

MLA: . "4. Montmorin, Letter to the King. Versailles, June 22, 1789." Source Problems on the French Revolution, in Source Problems on the French Revolution, edited by Fred Morrow Fling and Helene Dresser Fling, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1913, pp. 95–96. Original Sources. 21 Feb. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D7XB4LGXGMDIDM8.

Harvard: , '4. Montmorin, Letter to the King. Versailles, June 22, 1789' in Source Problems on the French Revolution. cited in 1913, Source Problems on the French Revolution, ed. , Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, pp.95–96. Original Sources, retrieved 21 February 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D7XB4LGXGMDIDM8.