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Mar. 3rd, 2014

vorrago

La France Libre English Translation - Part VI

[I realized I must have forgotten to post this. Terribly sorry for the delay. Happy birthday, Camille!]

--- La France Libre index --

Opening
Part I
Part II

Part III
Part IV
Part V first half
Part V second half
Part VI

VI
What constitution is best suited for France?

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Feb. 27th, 2014

Anne

simone_remy

Lantern part 1

Introduction to Discours de la Lanterne aux Parisiens...............
The ever lovely Camille added some ridiculously long footnotes to The Lantern ~ I have put them in appendices to the relevant sections ~ they contain some familiar themes.


The Discours de la Lanterne aux Parisiens first appeared through Garnery as a 67 page brochure in octavo; it was preceded by a two page foreword in small type: This edition was unsigned. The second edition, corrected and augmented, was dated thus:

The first year of liberty in France

It contained 72 pages and also contained the dedicatory title To Our Lords in Parliament. This edition was signed ‘by the author of La France Libre’. The third edition, reviewed, corrected and considerably augmented is signed by Camille Desmoulins. The pagination is identical to the first edition, the author’s only deletion is the dedicatory title. This third edition is notable for its engraved frontispiece which shows the Hotel-de-Ville and the famous lantern, or lamppost.

DEDICATORY TITLE

TO OUR LORDS IN THE TOULOUSE PARLIAMENT

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Anne

simone_remy

Lantern part 2

After pausing for a while to catch her breath, the illustrious lantern continued in these terms:

Now comes the time when I must mingle into these praises some just complaints. So many scoundrels have escaped me! Not that I like justice to be too speedy. You know that I gave signs of discontent during the ascent of Foullon and Bertier[1]; twice I broke the noose. I was convinced of the treason of these two rascals; but the carpenter rushed the whole business. I would have preferred an interrogation and the exposure of certain facts.

Blind Parisians, if you fail to note these facts you may perhaps allow proof of the conspiracy woven against you to wither; and since it only lends its ministry to justice and the patrie you will dishonour the lantern. My fame will pass and I will remain defiled by these murders down the centuries. See how Morande is already libelling me in his Courrier de l’Europe and in le Gazetier! I leave the burden of my vengeance to this country’s lanterns. As the passionate journalists say

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Anne

simone_remy

Appendix to Lantern 2

Appendix to part 2

4 ~ On Thursday 16th a trunk full of sulphurous fuses was seized from a house located next to the Hotel de Ville. At the same time, trials of gunpowder were discovered extending from that house right up to the cellars of the galleries. One of the electors brought the news to the military committee who immediately sent commissaires to check the facts. The commissaires’ report confirmed the truth of the information.

5 ~ The Lantern had not read the Marquis’s supporting poster.

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Anne

simone_remy

Lantern part 3

The Courrier de Versailles a Paris notes that there are clearly powerful secret forces behind these insurrections. A few poverty stricken people, whose daily toil scarcely preserves them from starvation, spent a few days in the public square. They were paid for it. We have seen men distributing money amongst these low class people: What will they do for it? What of this abbé, whom we had wanted to detain because he had been denounced by worthy witnesses, whom we bound to come before the lantern and face questioning. What has become of the so called chevalier, decorated with a foreign order, on whom we only postponed judgement not abandoning judgement completely? What became of so many other suspected people whose escape has been facilitated? Shouldn’t the National Assembly, in the name of justice, give a public account of what these people have done and of their interrogation?

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Anne

simone_remy

Appendix to Lantern 3

1 ~, M. le Tellier is the author of this pamphlet and has just been arrested and taken to l’Abbaye. The Lantern is opposed to the principles of this lawyer, who is an enemy of progress, but she will make no less loud a complaint that he has been wronged when the nation raises an altar to press freedom. The sun shines for the bad as well as the good. Today press freedom is violated in the person of an aristo writer, but when the thirty tyrants erased the list of citizens Theramenes wrote ‘it is no more difficult for Critias to wipe out your role as citizen than to erase Theramenes. We must make a big fuss and demand freedom for this poor devil of an author and make an example of Miromesnil, who, despite bearing a hated name, knew how to insinuate himself among the representatives of the commune, and who, in his role as head of the police committee, ordered the detention of M. le Tellier. When Beauvilliers was sent to l’Abbaye, certainly with good cause, every gourmet in Paris rose up in defence of this cook. Yet when press freedom is violated by an imprisonment no one speaks up for the writer! Parisians are like the Athenians to whom Socrates said ‘I am a doctor, I plead my case against a pastry cook, and you are children, so I will lose my case’

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Anne

simone_remy

Lantern part 4

People don’t realise how disastrous this veto was. Can they not see that keeping the veto rendered our efforts to sing the clergy a te deum for the loss of their tithes quite useless? The clergy and the nobility have retained their privileges. On that famous night, 4/5 August, the king said ‘I forbid them to carry out their decrees, I annul everything, veto!’ It would be useless for the National Assembly to abolish the tax farmers and the gabelle tax. The king would only have to use his veto. That is why M. Treilhard, the publicans’ lawyer, wore out his voice trying to defend the veto. He defied insults and like M. Pincemaille in Horace he says

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Nov. 20th, 2013

Anne

simone_remy

Camille to Jean-Nicolas [Matton p14 - undated but between June 24 and July 12 1789]

A letter from Camille to his father on the freeing of the French guards imprisoned in l’Abbaye; details on the many gatherings in the Palais Royal and about some members of the Estates General.
My Dear Father,
My cousin Deviefville, mayor, good citizen and patriot, will have certainly told the town about the famous deliberation of the 17th; and the example of the town of Paris, Montcontour, Laon etc., in sending the municipality’s thanks to the Estates General; there is still time.

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Nov. 13th, 2013

Anne

simone_remy

Camille to Jean-Nicolas [Matton p 5]

In this letter Camille says he is 'currently writing La France Libre' -  it's dated                03/06/1789
My Dear Father
I received your letter on my return from Versailles, where I had gone to see our dear deputies. From day to day I grow more contented with the choice of my cousin Deviefville. He is an excellent citizen and a true patriot; it is not his fault that we are not living in the best of all possible worlds.
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Nov. 6th, 2013

Anne

simone_remy

Camille to Jean-Nicolas Matton p 42

Another longish letter to J-N, it's the one where Camille asks for 'six louis or a bed' and says that unlike his brothers he 'has wings' My Dear Father
I have just spent two delightful weeks with Mirabeau; but seeing that I was no more than a drifter [jack of all trades] to him I bade him goodbye and I have come back to Paris. We parted as good friends intending to meet up again; he has invited me to spend eight days with him whenever it should please me. While I was staying at Versailles, he asked me to write a dissertation for the Town of Belesme against their sub delegate and the steward of Alençon. I have done it.

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