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You cannot imagine how people here have been pestering the Queen about an estate for the comtesse de Polignac. The comte de Maurepas has lent himself to their schemes. He went to the King, claimed this was the Queen’s wish and forced his hand to some extent. After a series of maneuvers, it was agreed that the comtesse de Polignac would receive … the promise of an estate worth thirty five thousand livres[.]
They believe they can keep this favor secret, but it is more than probable that it will be known in time and will lead to public disquiet. The Queen realizes this and is pained as a result. The Queen told me, “The comtesse de Polignac has totally changed, and I do not know her any more.”
Perhaps you could mention to the Queen that “you heard rumors of an estate and millions to be given to the comtesse de Polignac; that Y.M does not believe this, but you believe it necessary to let her know what is being said.”

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, January 1780

You cannot imagine how people here have been pestering the Queen about an estate for the comtesse de Polignac. The comte de Maurepas has lent himself to their schemes. He went to the King, claimed this was the Queen’s wish and forced his hand to some extent. After a series of maneuvers, it was agreed that the comtesse de Polignac would receive … the promise of an estate worth thirty five thousand livres[.]

They believe they can keep this favor secret, but it is more than probable that it will be known in time and will lead to public disquiet. The Queen realizes this and is pained as a result. The Queen told me, “The comtesse de Polignac has totally changed, and I do not know her any more.”

Perhaps you could mention to the Queen that “you heard rumors of an estate and millions to be given to the comtesse de Polignac; that Y.M does not believe this, but you believe it necessary to let her know what is being said.”

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, January 1780

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