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Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
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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
This fit of anger of madame Adelaide had given additional courage to the cabal. It
began to exclaim and plot against me with redoubled force; hoping thus to
intimidate the king, and effectually bar my presentation; but it only tended to
hasten it. One evening, when the king and the marechal de Richelieu were with
me, he said to me,
"A stop must be put to these clamors. I see that until you are presented, there will
be doubts perpetually arising and tormenting us on the subject; and until it takes
place I shall have no ease.
! Let us take the best means in our power of
reducing these malcontents to silence."
" Sire," replied the marechal, "make your will palpable, and you will see all the
"Yes, but my daughters?"
"Mesdames know better than any persons the deference due to your orders."
"I assure you," replied the king, "that it will be an unpleasant quarter of an hour
for me to pass."
"Well, sire, then charge one of us with the mission: the bishop of Senlis, for
instance, or M. de la Vauguyon. I feel assured that either of them will acquit
himself admirably in the business, with the previous understanding that your
majesty will support him with your authority."
"I will do so most assuredly; but it will be best not to use it but at the last
extremity. I have no wish to be made a bugbear to my family."
"As to the selection of an ambassador," I interrupted, "I beg it may not fall on M.
de Roquelaure; he has been working against me for some time."
"Why not send M. de Jarente?" inquired the king.
"Ah, sire," replied the duke, "because we cannot trust him; he is a gay fellow.
Madame Sophie might tell him, that he only took the part of madame du Barry,
because he passes his life amongst petticoats."
"True enough," said the king, "I prefer the duc de la Vauguyon: he has a good
"And well deserved," said the old marechal, sneering. "Yes, sire, he is a pious
man; at least, he plays his part well. "
"Peace, viper; you spare nobody."
"Sire, I am only taking my revenge."
"Why do you not like the governor of my grandsons?"
"In truth, sire, I must confess to you, that except yourself and the ladies, I have
not many likings at Versailles."
Louis XV smiled, and I pulled the bell; when a valet appeared, I said,
"Go and find M. de la Vauguyon for his majesty."
When we were alone, "What, already? "said Louis XV.