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at Saintes, and on the lie de Re, Mirabeau had given proof of a re-
markable power of winning those with whom he came in contact.
The fear that the marquis here expressed casts a curious light upon
his attitude toward his son. The attitude is certainly not a fair one.
The assumption always was that the boy never could amount to
anything. In August of this year, while Mirabeau was in Corsica,
the marquis represented that his son-in-law, Du Saillant, was plead-
ing in behalf of the absent son. " He does not cease to beg of
me," wrote the marquis, "that in case he [Mirabeau] is finally
condemned where he is, I should leave him to him [Du Saillant]
for a year before shutting him up for good." ^ At this time nothing
had been heard from Corsica. In September the marquis had heard
nothing later than the news that Viomenil had embarked, and as no
news is good news, he was happy. " 1 never wake up a sleeping
cat," ^ was his concluding observation.*

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' Ibid., VI. 155, 157. The marquis to the bailli, Fleury, June 19, 1769.

2 Ibid., VI. 178. The marquis to the bailli, Fleury, August 15, 1769.

" Ibid., VI. 191. The marquis to the bailli, Fleury, September 5, 1769.

' The most complete accounts of this period of Mirabeau's life that have hitherto ap-
peared are by Montigny, Menioires de Mirabeau (8 vols., Paris, 1834, 1835), I. 274-
317; Lomenie, Les Mirabeau (5 vols., Paris, 1879-1891), III. 20-38; and Guibal,
Mirabeau et la Provence (2 vols., Paris, 1887-1901), I. (edition of 1901), 72-81.



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