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36 THE DOWNFALL OF ROYALTY.

him. He said to himself that all this phantas- magoria would probably soon vanish; that the fu-

nereal images would of themselves depart; and that the spectres would disappear at the sound of arms. The monarchical crusade of which he proposed to be the leader grew upon him as the best means by which to escape the incessant obsessions haunting his spirit. In vain was he reminded that Sweden. was in need of money, and that a war of interven- tion in the affairs of France was not popular. His resolution remained unshaken. He counted the days and hours which still separated him from the moment of action: his sole idea was to chastise the Jacobins and avenge the majesty of thrones.

Returned to Stockholm from Aix-la-Chapelle, at the beginning of August, 1791, the impetuous mon- arch began to be very active in his warlike prepara- tions. The Marquis de Bouillé, who had been obliged to quit France at the time of the unsuccess- ful joixi-‘1'="1’1ey to Varennes, had entered his service and was to counsel him and fight at his side under the Swedish flag. At the same time Gustavus officially renewed his promises of aid to the King of France. Louis XVI. replied: —

“MONSIEUR MY BROTHER AND COUSIN: I have just received the lines with which you have honored me on the occasion of your return. It is always a great consolation to have such proofs of a friendly sentiment as are given. me by this letter. The concern, Sire, which you take in all that relates to