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DE FERSEN’S LAST JOURNEY TO PARIS. 17

ing, and the time I spend with my children, I have 11ot a moment to myself. The last occupation, which is not the least, gives me my sole happiness. VVhen I am very sad, I take my little boy in my arms, embrace him with my whole heart, a11d for a moment a1n consoled.”

Fersen, touched and pitying, was constantly thinking of that fatal palace of the Tuileries where the Queen was so much to be compassionated. An i11vincible attraction drew him thither. There, he thought, was the post of devotion and of honor. November 26, he wrote: “Tell me’ whether there is any possibility of going to see you entirely alone, without a servant, in case I receive the order to do so from the King (Gustavus III.); he has already spoken to me of his desire to bring this about.” Of all the sovereigns who interested themselves iii the fate of Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette, Gustavus was the most active, brave, and resolute; he was also the only one in whom Marie Antoinette placed absolute confidence. She expected less from her own brother, the Emperor Leopold, and it was to Stockholm above all that she turned her eyes. Gustavus ordered Fersen to go secretly to Paris, and on December 22, 1791, he sent him a memoir and certain letters, commissioning him to deliver them to Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette. He recom- mended, as forcibly as he could, a new attempt at flight, but with precautions suggested by the lesson of Varennes. He thought the members of the royal