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May 16, 2011

A letter from Maria Theresa

"Your wife, my dear Dauphin, has just parted from me. She was the delight of my life, and I hope that she will be the joy of yours. In this hope have I reared her, because I have long foreseen that she would share your destiny.  I have inspired her with the love of her duties towards you, with a tender and personal regard for you and with the intention of considering and obeying your wishes."

A letter from Maria Theresa to Louis Auguste.
 Challice, Annie Emma Armstrong. 1863. Heroes, Philosophers, and Courtiers of the Time of Louis Xvi, Volume 1. London: Hurst and Blackett.


  1. Totally gives me the chills!! Thank you!

  2. Pretty, kind of creepy, but forms of speech :)

  3. I don't think Maria Theresa sincerely meant it...