Brussels, 22 October 1793
I did not think, dear lady, on receiving your letter of the 10th of this month, that my reply would be to announce news that is so afflicting to my heart. No doubt you already know that the Queen of France, the exemplar of queens and women, is no more. It was on the 16th at 11 o’clock in the morning that this crime was committed. It makes nature and humanity tremble, and my heart is cruelly torn. Yours is too sensitive not to share my pain. It is only alleviated by the idea that this unfortunate princess is at least delivered from the frightful pains and troubles she had endured for four years, and against which her courage alone could resist. Mme de Fitz-James is extremely afflicted, and we weep together for our mutual loss. I try to console her, but alas I am too much in need of consolation myself to be able to give any to her. I do not have the strength to give you any details about this sad event, but in any case those that we have are not very precise. Adieu, my dear friend, pity me, give me your news, and believe in my tender friendship for you. A thousand regards to our good and kind Duchess.
I have just received your packet for Count Elliot, and I will give your letter to the Duchesse de Fitz-James. Count Elliot arrived yesterday evening and left this morning.