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THE DEATH OF THE EMPEROR LEOPOLD. 25

always be the King‘s wife and always dominant. What is she afraid of, then? She complains that she is 11ot sufficiently respected. But you know tl1e good heart a11d the uprightness of o‘ur Prince; he is incapable of the remarks attributed to him, and which have certainly been reported to the Queen with the intention of estranging them entirely.” Madame de Raigecourt ends her letter with this complaint against Louis XVI.: “Our wretched King lowers himself more and more every day; for he is doing too much, even if he still intends to escape. . . . The emigration, meanwhile, increases daily, and presently there will be more Frenchmen than Germans i11 this region.” At this very time, the Queen Was having recourse to her brother Leo- pold as to a saviour. She wrote to‘hi1n, October 4, 1791: “My only consolation is in writing to you, my dear brother; I am surrounded by so many atrocities that I need all your friendship to tranquillize my mind. . . . A point of primary importance is to regulate the conduct of the émigrés. If they re-e11ter France i11 arms, all is lost, and it will be impossible to make it believed that we are not in connivance with them. Even the existence of an army of émigrés on the frontier would be enough to keep up the irritation ‘and afford ground for accusations against us; it appears to me that a congress would make the task of restraining them less difficult. . . . This idea of a congress pleases me greatly; it would second the efforts We are mak-