King Louis XVIII Autographed Letter Signed Revolution, Assignats. 1790
LOUIS XVIII King of France - Autographed letter signed - Revolution, assignats & Royal Family - 1790. Autographed letter signed "Louis Stanislas Xavier", St. Cloud, September 23, 1790, addressed to Count de Chabrillant, 1 p. 17.5 x 11.5 cm, on a bifolium. Rare document from the future Louis XVIII in the early days of the Revolution, before his emigration in June 1791. Louis is reassured in his criticism of the financial system of assignats by the opinion of Deputy Lebrun, who opposed Mirabeau's plan regarding the public debt and assignats (September 1790 in the National Assembly). Lucidly, he criticizes the illusion of such a regime and anticipates its difficulties by supporting his reflections on the nature of the reforms already carried out and their impact on the finances of the royal family.] This is the most clear and well-demonstrated thing I have read on this matter, and this work justifies the high opinion I had formed since 1771 of the accuracy of the author's spirit and the energy of his character. I would be greatly mistaken if, after reading this work, one could still retain the slightest illusion about assignats [. Lebrun had had more time to reflect on the situation of the Count of Artois [his brother, future King Charles X] and mine, he would not have reduced us to 2,000,000 each without mentioning the treatment of our wives and the arrangement of our debts.
De Montesquiou spoke about six months ago, according to Mr. Necker himself, of a 1,000,000 treatment to be fixed for the King's brothers, it was only a matter of what the Royal Treasury would have to pay them from now on, but apart from that our position remained the same regarding our appanages and acquisitions. But today, since the former are abolished and the lands lose their value due to the abolition of their rights, one would never find anything to resell them for what they cost to acquire, so there would be a real loss for unfortunate creditors who placed their capital on us only in good faith of the capital with which the State had legally endowed us. Would it be just and worthy of the Nation to assimilate it with the King's brothers through equal treatment on the public Treasury?
Attached is Lebrun's opinion during the session of the National Assembly on September 5, 1790. Good condition - sent by registered mail.