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Dangeau’s Diary, June 1690 – Party like 1660

Dangeau’s Diary, June 1690

Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau

14th. – Monsieur de Savoy will fulfil nothing that he has promised: he kept Monsieur de Catinat in play till the 4th of this month and from that time, seeing that all hopes of accommodation had vanished, we commenced hostilities. No intelligence has been received from Monsieur de Bavière; all that is known is that he wrote to the King on the 26th ultimo, from Vienna. His letter was in answer to the King, and was very polite and respectful. His Majesty had written to him on the decease of the Dauphine. The King’s ships have all sailed with a good wind; we have only sixty now at sea, the remaining twenty-four will soon follow. Our galleys, which have been built at Rochefort, will shortly enter the channel.

21st. – Monsieur de Catinat has made himself master of Luzerne, which the Savoyards had abandoned. He encamped two leagues from Turin, to which place the Spaniards have sent Monsieur de Louvigny, with three thousand men. An amicable adjustment is, however, spoken of, and the King offers to leave him the citadel of Turin, provided he gives us Vérue and Carmagnole, but the King only allows him twenty-four hours to decide in, to prevent his trifling with us.

23rd. — Monseigneur has received orders from the King to send Monsieur d’Urfé, Monsieur de Valence and Monsieur de Maugerin, prisoners to Landau, they not having joined the army in time.