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The Chevalier De Lorraine
The Chevalier de Lorraine looked very ill, but it was in consequence of his excessive
debauchery, for he had once been a handsome man. He had a well-made person, and if
the interior had answered to the exterior I should have had nothing to say against him. He
was, however, a very bad man, and his friends were no better than he. Three or four years
before my husband's death, and for his satisfaction, I was reconciled with the Chevalier,
and from that time he did me no mischief. He was always before so much afraid of being
sent away that he used to tell Monsieur he ought to know what I was saying and doing,
that he might be apprised of any attempt that should be made against the Chevalier or his
He died so poor that his friends were obliged to bury him; yet he had 100,000 crowns of
revenue, but he was so bad a manager that his people always robbed him. Provided they
would supply him when he wanted them with a thousand pistoles for his pleasures or his
play, he let them dispose of his property as they thought fit. That Grancey drew large
sums from him. He met with a shocking death. He was standing near Madame de Mare,
Grancey's sister, and telling her that he had been sitting up at some of his extravagant
pleasures all night, and was uttering the most horrible expressions, when suddenly he was
stricken with apoplexy, lost the power of speech, and shortly afterwards expired.
[He died suddenly in his own house, playing at ombre, as many of his family had done,
and was regretted by no person except Mdlle. de Lillebonne, to whom he was believed to
have been privately married.
--Note to Dangeau's Journal. This man, who was suspected of having poisoned the King's
sister-in-law, was nevertheless in possession of four abbeys, the revenues of which
defrayed the expenses of his debaucheries.]