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The Grand Duchess, Wife Of Cosmo Ii. Of Florence
The Grand Duchess has declared to me, that, from the day on which she set out for
Florence, she thought of nothing but her return, and the means of executing this design as
soon as she should be able.
No one could approve of her deserting her husband, and the more particularly as she
speaks very well of him, and describes the manner of living at Florence as like a
terrestrial paradise.
She does not think herself unfortunate for having travelled, and looks upon all the
grandeur she enjoyed at Florence as not to be compared with the unrestrained way of
living in which she indulges here. She is very amusing when she relates her own history,
in the course of which she by no means flatters herself.
"Indeed, cousin," I say to her often, "you do not flatter yourself, but you really tell things
which make against you."
"Ah, no matter," she replies, "I care not, provided I never see the Grand Duke again."
She cannot be accused of any amorous intrigue.
Her husband furnishes her with very little money; and at this moment (April, 1718) he
owes her fifteen months of her pension. She is now really in want of money to enable her
to take the waters of Bourbon. The Grand Duke, who is very avaricious, thinks she will
die soon, and therefore holds back the payments that he may take advantage of that event
when it shall happen.