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to be proved ; Thomas is therefore summoned on
the 13th of the same month : '* To deposit at the
Registry of the Civil Court of Versailles, before
the lapse of twenty-four hours, the documents
which he declares to have received direct from the

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Prussian Embassy, establishing the facts, first,
that the complainant is the son of a Prussian
watchmaker, and secondly, that this watchmaker
is still living : declaring to the said M. Thomas,
that, failing to comply with this article within the
aforesaid time, he will be accounted a slanderer,
and prosecuted as such according to the 367th ar-
ticle of the penal code, before the judges appointed
to take cognizance of such cases."

" The twenty-four hours elapsed, and three
months besides: still no deposit of the required do-
cuments. M. Thomas was accordingly summoned
before the Tribunal of Correctional Police, for the
2nd of February, 1836 ; having obtained a post-
ponement of the cause till the 23rd of the same
month, he bethought himself to issue a summons in
his turn for the same day and before the same tribu-
nal. Far from maintaining the oflFensive, he is con-
victed out of his own mouth, and receives publicly
the disgraceful sentence, of which the elder M. Tho-
mas still retains so painful a recollection. Observing
a prudent silence with respect to these circum-
stances, and notwithstanding the official record of
the original notice, and the proceedings had in
consequence, he thus brings it forward again,
(page 207.) " That finally the undersigned having
learned from a person of honour and worthy of
credit, who had been to the Prussian Embassy,
that M. Naundorff. was only a Prussian watch-
maker, he notified to him, etc." The remainder of

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the dcxiument is reproduced with equal accu-

^'Equally scrupulous with respect to private
correspondence, he gives one of my letters^ (page
175) which he entitles a factum, without specify-
ing the honourable means by which he procured
it, nor by what right he retains possession of it, a
privilege perhaps of a knight of the Legion of Ho-
nour. After having misstated the circumstances
under which it was written, obliged to conceal this
falsehood by the suppression of an essential part«
he delivers up the remainder^ not without some
alterations^ to the sagacity of the reader^ whose
reflections he is moreover so obliging as to guide.
We will not disown it, even disfigured as it is by
him; we feel only pity for a man so senseless as
to publish his own disgrace.

*' After this, what importance can we attach to
his calumnies ? we class them with those insults
which are met with in the streets, and which can-
not be noticed without pollution.

" We will only say to him; *' No, M. Thomas, all
your artfully woven calumnies, will never support
the cause of a noble and unfortunate PrincesQ»
whose continuance in her deplorable error you so
craftily prolong, and who could never own such
champions, without making he];self a paitner of
their infamy.''

This Mr. Thomas, after the first journey to
Prague of M. Morel de St. Didier, a French gen-

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tleman of honourable family, and t^e refusal of my
sister to receive Mme. de Rambaud, had the im-
pudence to offer to conduct me to the Dudiess of
Angoul^me himself upon condition that I should
furnish the money necessary for this undertaking.
Setting aside the foolish conceit of this man« and
the lidiculoufi idea Atat, upon his appeiuwg at
Prague, the door of the Princess's apartment would
baye been eagerly thrown open to him, what con-
fidence could I place in him ? I am forced ta
speak the tmth, to open the eyes of honest people
who might be the dupes of similar intrigues. This
ficoundrel had more than once urged his son to
accuse me of swindling, to the Correctional Police.
It was tlie son himself w}k> informed me of his
father's baseness, and warned me not to trust him:
^' because'' added he, ''/ know that n^ father is the
tool of your political adversaries : and, to prjove
it to you, konw that I have just seen some friends^
partisans of the Duke of Bordeaux, who have
offered to pay my dehts^ and to give me a place
worth five hundred francs per month, upon eon^
dition that IwotUd write against you in my paper ;
my father presses me to comply ; but never, mj
Prince," he then protested to me, " never wiJl I
obey my father in this." It may be supposed
ihat^ after this, I «ould not but be convinced
d this young man's honesty ; and I believe even
now, that he would have continued faithful , to
mcu had I been able to help him in his eny

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barrassments. Unfortunately those who caill them*
selves my friends and are rich, did not comprehend
my situation better, during my stay in France,
than they do now that I am in exile. Thomas, the
son, had contracted considerable debts before he
became acquainted with me, and had never been
molested, as long as his creditors knew that he
possessed nothing, and that he was in distress.
When, through my kindness, he had become prin-
cipal editor of the paper. La Jnstice, his creditors
came upon him, and, to appease them, . he signed
bills to order, and paid some of his debts with
the money intended for the paper. My resources
were soon exhausted, and the paper fell to the
ground. Pressed with the utmost rigour, the
editor absconded. Though he had shamefully de-
ceived me, I felt interested for his family: I
placed them, him, his wife, his child, and his
mother-in-law, in the house of a friend at Ver-
sailles, and 1 supported them there. I forgive him
all the wrong that he has done me, and I pity
him, believing that it is difficult for a man
without religion to continue honest under unex-
pected adversity. Both his feither and himself will,
one day, shed bitter tears, if God destines them to
witness the triumph of the Orphan. They would
fain then blot out, even with their blood, the pages
in which, through the perversion of their reason,
they have vented malice and insult against a royal
misfortune. But their regrets and those of many

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others will be too late> for the jastice of God ivill
have begun. My present enemies will not escape
the judgment of impartial posterity, and the tomb
which coviers their ashes will not screen their
names from the reproach which will attach to
them in history.

Young Thomas did not believe me to be as poor
as I really was. Whether he was already bought
to betray me, or that he wished by all imaginable
mean^ to induce me to get him out of Tiis diffi-
culties, and fully to satisfy the demands of his
avarice, he threatened me, assuring me that he
had seen in the hands of persons in the confidence
of the Duke of Bordeaux, papers which proved
me to be the son of a Prussian watchmaker. I de-
prived myself of my last sixty francs, and gave
them to him for the wants of his family, expressly
charging him to procure me a copy of the lying
papers which he had mentioned, in order that I
might deliver over to justice, the writer of a state-
ment tending so perfidiously to confirm a falsehood
which had been so many times brought forward.
He promised to execute my orders, and I retired
to Paris. Upon my return to Versailles, a fort-
night afterwards, I sent for the son of the honour-
able and honest M. Thomas, to the house of the
Marquis de la Ferriere, and in the presence of
that gentleman, I asked him the result of his pro-
ceedings. " I have seen the papers again ;" he re-
plied; *' it is not for the son of a watchmaker that

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they wkh to mak^ you pass, but for the son of a
tanner/' " And the eopy T I eagerly enquited,
" have you got that?*" " No, my Prince, k has
been promised me, and I shall have it in a few
days." " Well !" I answered, " you will bring it
to me at Paris : and remember, you will not see
me again, if you break your woid." On leaving
the house of M. de la FerriSre, he renewed his
protestations of fidelity, and of attachment to my
person ; " but," added he : " my Prince, I am in
want of more money : my wife is ill, and my poor
child requires care : I have not got a penny." I
had tern francs in my pocket : I gave them to him.
They were/ at tihat moment, the whole riches of
the son of Louis XYI. I had besides a gold snuff-
box, of which my friend, the Cur6 Appert, had
made me a present. I gave that to him also, au-
thorizing him to pawn it for his benefit Scarcely
had he lefi; me, when he went to lay against me,
befoie the tribunal of Versailles, the infamous ac*
cusation of swindling, of which we have given an
account' in the judicial document

Judas betoayed his master for thirty pieces of
sUver: Thomas, before betraying his, had robbed
him of the last penny that he possessed. There
was nothing more for him to get firom his Prince,
consequently his hypocritical part was at an end.
Throwing aside his mask, he openly declared
himself my enemy, in concert with the party^
whose tool he was, not less than his father. He

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flattered himself that he should ruin me the more
certainly, because I was obliged to be on my guard
against the police, and because he had left me
wi&out pecuniary resources : besides, it was not
supposed that T should have either the inclination
or the courage to appear in court, to defend my
honour and my rights, thus basely attacked.

Such are the weapons which the persecutors of
the son of Louis XVI employ against him! Such
are the agents of the party which they excite, by
such deplorable subterfuges do they strive to get rid
of the truth of his existence! '' It is a misfortune
that he exists," have partisans of the Duke of
Bordeaux not been ashamed to say: and it is to
avoid the consequences which they apprehend from
my being recognized, that these republicans of an-
other sort urge the Duchess of AngoulSme to sanc-
tion, by the authority of her name, their dark —
might they not be called their regicidal intrigues ?
The blinded daughter of Louis XYI is now reaping
the bitter fruit of the lessons she imbibed at the
court of Louis ^tVIII — of that unnatural uncle,
whose fratricidal plots have been the source of all the
evils which have befallen our royal family. Borne
down herself by long sufferings, accustomed to
allow herself to be governed by the vile flatterers
who are never wanting near the persons of princes;
dazzled by the recollections of two usurpations
during which she enjoyed the rank that belongs
to her; led astray by the doctrines which are

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preached to her, and by the false reports -which
reach her from all sides ; victim, at the same time,
of the criminal policy of foreign courts, it is intelli-
gible that having reached her sixtieth year through
a series of troubles which have constantly agitated
her life, she is incapable of having a will and feel-
ings of her own. However, ofalltheafilictionsthat,
up to the age of fifty three years to which I have
attained, have scarcely left me twenty four hours
of perfect calm, the most poignant is my sister s
denial of me. I cannot reconcile myself to the
idea of seeing her thus coolly sacrifice her future
reputation, forget her name, her dignity, •all sense
of what she owes to herself, the frightful cir-
cumstances which made us orphans. Has she
then no longer present to her memory the touching
advice of our august mother, when, on the point of
being separated for ever from what she loved most
on earth, she left us the last proof of her maternal
solicitude in her immortal will ? How is it that
the religion which she professes with austerity has
not made her heart understand the precepts of love,
of truth, and of justice, without the practice of
which religion is but a mask ; and above all, that
filial respect which renders sacred to their children
the written wishes of a father or a mother no
longer in existence : more especially when these
wishes are but the inculcations of the first duties
of man here below? Let her read again and

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" I recommend very earnestly to my children^
next to their duty to God, which ought to he their
first consideration, to he always united to one
another." f Will of Louis XVI J

" May they hoth recollect that which I have
never ceased to impress upon them, that right
principles and the strict performance of their duty
should he the rule of their life ; that their happi-
ness will consist in their mutual confidence and
affection. May my daughter feel that at her age
she should always assist her hrother with the ad-
vice which her greater experience and her attach-
ment to him may suggest ; may my son also on
his part shew his sister all the kindness and at-
tention that affection can inspire ; may they, in
short, hoth he sensible that in whatever situation
they may be placed, they will find true happiness
only in being cordially united. Let them take
example from us : how much consolation under
our misfortunes, has not our friendship afforded
us! Happiness too is doubly enjoyed when shared
with a friend, and where can one be found more
tender than in ones own family V

(Will of Marie- Antoinette, J

I intreat the Duchess of Angouleme to carry
her thoughts back to the period when these im-
pressive lines were written : and then, with her
hand upon her heart, let her say whether it is
really true that, in spite of such distressing re-

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collections, she, herself an orphan, has never ex-
perienced an emotion of love for her orphan brother,
the companion of her sufierings. Can it be that
the idea of his existence would not have been to
her a delightful thought? and that the possible
arrival of the moment when we should find our>
selves again within each other*8 arms, would not
have presented itself to her mind, as it has to mine,
as the brightest of prospects ? Oh ! why, then, will
she not seek information on a subject which has
gained ground so prodigiously in public Opinion
during the last four years 1 In her sleepless nights
does her conscience never reproach her? The
mere suspicion that her brother might be in exis- .
tence, imperatively required of her to examine the
matter seriously : yet she alone, the Duchess of
AngoulSme, will not concern herself about this
affair ; while six of those who were formerly ser-
vants at the court of the King our fietther, have
recognized me by authentic proofs, and persons,
from their noble sentiments the most honourable in
France, offer me the homage of their veneration.
What disregard of all considerations of propriety,
what inconceivable want of judgment is manifested
by this more than imprudent conduct — ^if, indeed, it
be not a premeditated crime ! But, in whatever
point of view it may be considered, my sister is,
beyond all doubt, blameable, very blameable, for
having refused me the interview which I solicited;
for though she has given her word of honour that

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her brother died in the Temple, she knows per*
fectly well that the Orphan of the Temple was
sayed ! But those whom I accuse more bitterly
(and for them I have no words strong enough to
express my indignation) are they who boast of
being the friends of the Duchess of Angoul^me,
who highly extol her virtues, and who keep up
delusions in her mind, which are but a pretext for
their perfidy.

If I called myself a L^timatist ; if I pretended
to be devoted to the daughter of Louis XVI ; If I
had the privilege of approaching her royal person;
I would say to her respectfully : —

Madam, the daughter of Louis XYI owes it to
her birth, toher long misfortunes, to the memory
of her august family, to avoid whatever may seem,
even in the smallest imaginable degree, to Ak a
stain upon her honour and loyalty. The line of
conduct which you have pursued, since a person
pretending to be your brother has made Europe
echo ynth his judicial claims, compromises your
integrity. You cannot, vnthout risking your char
racter for ever, any longer refiise the conclusive
proof by which it is proposed to you to decide for
or against the question of the existence or death
of the Orphan of the Temple. In vain vrill you
declare that you have certain knowledge of the
Dauphin's death in the Temple, unless you bring
forward the proofs of it : under existing circum*
stances the world will not believe you«

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Such, my dear Sir, is the noble and becoming
language, which I conceive a devoted friend of the
Duchess of Angouleme ought openly to hold to

Instead of which, if she is spoken to upon the
subject, it is to ridicule my cause, and to calum-
niate me. All the self-styled partisans of Legiti-
macy repeat too : '' We cannot concern ourselves
about this affair while the Duchess disowns him."
Thus, the question, whether, supposing the son of
Louis XVI to exist, it is fitting to recognize and
assist him, or to leave him to perish with his fa-
mily, in the dreadful position to which his political
enemies have reduced him, is made to depend on the
opinion of a woman, and that opinion given with-
out a reason assigned. Thus, an important truth '
will have existed in the world, and the caprice of
a woman will have rendered it impossible to esta-
blish it: and even the sentiments of humanity will
not have pleaded in favour of an unfortimate being
who has never injured any one, whom the universe
has proscribed, and to whom house and home are
shamelessly refused ; absurd barbarity which one
is astonished to meet with in an age of civilizationl
I had reason to hope, if not for sympathy, at least
for more integrity and uprightness.

The French government has refused me justice,
and access to the tribunals. If the Legitimate
Powers of Europe understand what honour is, and
know theiiT dearest interests, they ought them-

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selves to bring f&rward my suit, and compel the
Duchess of Angoul^me to appear with me before
a supreme tribunal which they should compose of
themselves, and to whose decision, I consent to
submit the prbofs of my identity with the Orphan
of the Temple. Let these Powers reflect that by
setting aside my legitimate rights from political mo-
tives, they shake the foundations of their own, if,
indeed, they do not overturn their own with mine.
For, I repeat it, my enemies are those of every le-
gitimate monarchy. To crush for ever the cause
of legitimacy in France, to assassinate the Empe-
ror of Russia, to sow divisions in all the states of
Europe, is the watch-word of a party which has
its adherents in every cabinet, and which knows
how to make even sincere Royalists, men of probity
but devoid of discernment, instrumental to its de-

For the Duchess of Angouleme, I entreat her
seriously to reconsider her conduct, and to weigh
well the meaning of the Prussian minister's words;
M. de Rochow looks upon this aflfair as presenting
an impenetrable mystery: fie is convinced that the
Dauphin did not die in the Temple: he does not
venture to affirm that I am not the Dauphin: he
confines himself to expressing the wish that I may
never be recognized, because my recognition now
would be the dishonour of all the monarchies
of Europe. Let her beware of allowing the
honour of these crowned heads to be sheltered

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under the dishimour of the daughter of Lcruk XV I,
lest 8 victim herself to a policy which respects
nothing, she become an instrument in the hands
of those who would sacrifice at any price the son
of Louis XVI. Contradictions already b^in to
appear, the consequences of which cannot but be
deplorable to her : for the Dudiess of Angoul&me
takes advantage against me of certain words of the
King of Prussia^ and His Majesty does not ack-
nowledge the e^tpressions attributed to him by the
Princess. To help her to shake off the yoke which
oppresses her« I will recall to her recollection, that
after my separation firom my fatha in the Temple*
I was ddivered to my unfortunate mother^ in whose
room we both slept I saw and heard many things
at that time which no one but her can know. Let
her remember also, that in the third floor at the
tower there was a stove, in which the news in
writing sent us by our friends without were depo-
sited by . I can explain to her how all that

was managed. This stove stood tn a place near
the room of our aunt Elisabeth, and was on the
left hand when one stood m a particular spot in
that place. I know many eireumstances connected
with this stove; circumstances, which can be
known only to the Duchess of Angoul^e and her
brother. It must be evident to every man of s&aae^
that if, put to the proof which I have solicited in
"vain, of an interview vvith the daughter of Louis
XYI, I should reveal to her things <£ which she

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alone in the whole world was witness in company
with her brother ; — ^it must be evident, I say, that
this would be an infallible proof of my identity
with the Orphan of the Temple. I could add
many particulars of what passed in the apartment
of my good mother, and in that of my imfortunate
aunt. But I will say no more about them here. If
the Duchess of AngoulSme persists in refusing to
consent to so decisive a means of proving my iden-
tity, I openly impeach her integrity, her candour,
her honour. I shall be convinced of the truth of
what I have been told, that she has caused a re-
quest to be made to the government of Louis-Phi-
Upp^ that my suit should not be allowed to come
on, and that the French government has satisfied
her on this point, through the Austrian cabinet.
Would she, on the contrary, prove to the world that
she has not forfeited her honour, and that she can
still call herself the worthy and virtuous daughter
of the Martyr King of France and of Marie-Antoi-
nette, let her then consent to the proposal which I
here make to her through the Press, to come and
plead against me m England. I pledge myself
most solemnly, all hope of obtaining justice in
France being at an end, to lay all the papers
which are in my possession before the judges in
the land of my exile, to produce all my proofs of
my identity with the Orphan of the Temple, and
to acknowledge the justice of their decision.
Whatever may happen, I, who cannot be mis-

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taken as to who I am, sleep more peaceably on
my bed of sorrows, than they who, in their haughty
opulence, contrive how they may most effectually
ruin me. Strong in the truth, and trusting in God,
who will not desert me after having so wonderfully
preserved me tiU now, I fear nothmg ; for it is not
in the power of any one to prove that I am not the
son of the Martyr King of France, the true Or-
phan of the Temple.






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