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Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 19 January 1776
The Queen … felt a great desire for earrings which were shown to her and for which the jeweler asked 600,000 livres. I did not conceal from the Queen that it would be more prudent to defer so great an expense; but the temptation was too strong and could not be resisted. In truth the Queen took many precautions … Her Majesty will pay for this purchase over four years so as not to take too much all at once from her funds.

Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 19 January 1776

The Queen … felt a great desire for earrings which were shown to her and for which the jeweler asked 600,000 livres. I did not conceal from the Queen that it would be more prudent to defer so great an expense; but the temptation was too strong and could not be resisted. In truth the Queen took many precautions … Her Majesty will pay for this purchase over four years so as not to take too much all at once from her funds.

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