The Memoirs of Louis XIV HTML version
The Affairs Of The Regency
The old Maintenon wished to have the Duc du Maine made Regent; but my son's
harangue to the Parliament frustrated her intention.
He was very angry with Lord Stair because he believed that he had done him an ill office
with the King of England, and prevented the latter from entering into the alliance with
France and Holland. If that alliance had taken place my son could have prevented the
Pretender from beginning his journey; but as England refused to do so, the Regent was
obliged to do nothing but what was stipulated for by the treaty of peace: that is to say, not
to succour the Pretender with money nor arms, which he faithfully performed. He sent
wherever Lord Stair requested.
[The Duc d'Orleans ordered, in Lord Stair's presence, Contades, Major of the Guard, to
arrest the Pretender on his passage through Chateau-Thierry; but, adds Duclos, Contades
was an intelligent man, and well acquainted with the Regent's secret intentions, and so he
set out resolved not to find what he went in search of.]
He believed that the English people would not be well pleased to see their King allied to
the Crown of France.
The Baron Goertz thought to entrap my son, who, however, did not trust him; he would
not permit him to purchase a single ship, and it was upon this that the Baron had built all
his hopes of success.
That tall Goertz, whom I have seen, has an unlucky physiognomy; I do not believe that he
will die a fair death.
The Memoir of the thirty noblemen has so much angered my son that he will hasten to
[Goertz was the Swedish minister, and had been sent into Holland and France to favour
the cause of the Pretender. He was arrested in Holland in 1717, and remained in prison
for several months. He was a very cunning person, and a great political intriguer. On the
death of Charles XII. he was taken before an extraordinary tribunal, and condemned in an
unjust and arbitrary manner to be beheaded, which sentence was executed in, May,
The whole of the Parliament was influenced against him. He made a remonstrance
against this, which was certainly effected at the instigation of the eldest bastard and his
wife.--[The Duc and Duchesse du Maine.]--If any one spoke ill of my son, and seemed