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The Princess Palatine, Marie-Therese De Bourbon,
Wife Of Francois-Louis,Prince De Conti
This Princess is the only one of the House of Conde who is good for anything. I think she
must have some German blood in her veins. She is little, and somewhat on one side, but
she is not hunchbacked. She has fine eyes, like her father; with this exception, she has no
pretensions to beauty, but she is virtuous and pious. What she has suffered on account of
her husband has excited general compassion; he was as jealous as a fiend, though without
the slightest cause. She never knew where she was to pass the night. When she had made
arrangements to sleep at Versailles, he would take her from Paris to Chantilly, where she
supposed she was going to stay; then she was obliged to set out for Versailles. He
tormented her incessantly in all possible ways, and he looked, moreover, like a little ape.
The late Queen had two paroquets, one of which was the very picture of the Prince, while
the other was as much like the Marechal de Luxembourg as one drop of water is like
Notwithstanding all that the Princess has suffered, she daily regrets the loss of her
husband. I am often quite angry to see her bewailing her widowhood instead of enjoying
the repose which it affords her; she wishes that her husband were alive again, even
although he should torment her again as much as before.
She was desirous that Mademoiselle de Conde should marry the late Margrave; this lady
was incomparably more handsome than her sister; but I think he had a greater inclination
for Mademoiselle de Vendome, because she seemed to be more modest and quiet.
The Princess, who has been born and educated here, had not the same dislike that I felt to
her son's marrying an illegitimate child, and yet she has repented it no less. She is
exceedingly unhappy with respect to her children. The Princesse de Conti, mother of the
Prince de Conti, who is rather virtuous than otherwise, is nevertheless a little simpleton,
and is something like the Comtesse Pimbeche Orbeche, for she is always wishing to be
engaged in lawsuits against her mother; who, on her part, has used all possible means, but
without success, to be reconciled to her. On Thursday last (10th March, 1720) she lost her
cause, and I am very glad of it, for it was an unjust suit. The younger Princess wished the
affair to be referred to arbitration; but the son would have the business carried through,
and made his counsel accuse his mother of falsehood. The advocate of the Princess
replied as follows:
"The sincerity of the Princesse de Conti and of the Princess her daughter are so well
known that all the world can judge of them." This has amused the whole palace.