November 19, 1787: Chrétien François de Lamoignon on Principles of the French Monarchy

  • Paul H. Beik
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


A still photograph of the occasion of November 19, 1787, would show Louis XVI meeting with the Parlement of Paris. The king might be shown declaring that a government loan of some 420 million livres was henceforth to be considered as registered by the parlement. Among the preliminaries to this act was a speech by the Keeper of the Seals, M. de Lamoignon, explaining the need for the loan and, along the way, reiterating the formal doctrine of the monarchy concerning its own authority, as stated in the document printed below.


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