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Dangeau’s Diary, March 1687 – Party like 1660

Dangeau’s Diary, March 1687

Philippe de Courcillon, Marquis de Dangeau

9th. — Monsieur de Roquelaure had asked the King for the alienation fines of some estates be longing to Monsieur de Lauzun, and the King refused them, saying, that no person should wish to profit by the disgrace of the unfortunate.

12th. — Versailles. The Emperor has caused the King to be assured, both by letter and by the mouth of the Comte de Lebnits, that, neither during the Hungarian war, nor after the peace, in case he made one with the Turks, would he ever think of undertaking any thing against France. His Majesty replied, he believed he would keep his word, and that, on his side, he would strictly observe the truce concluded at Ratisbon, the 14th of August, 1687.
Fresh leases have been granted of the King’s farms. His Majesty would not receive the in creased biddings of eight hundred thousand livres, which might have been carried still further by the competition among the bidders. His Majesty is persuaded that when these gentlemen enhance the price of farms, they always find means to indemnify themselves at the expense of the people.
Baptiste Lully is dead: in his house were found thirty-seven thousand louis d’ors, twenty thousand crowns in specie, and much other property. The freedom of the Opera has been left to his wife and children.