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an outlaw. He found the Queen pale with grief a11d with hair whitened by sorrow and emotion. It was a solemn moment. The storm was raging within France and beyond it. Terrible omens, snares, and dangers lay on every side. One might have said that the Tuileries were about to be swal- lowed up in a gulf of fire and blood.

The next day Fersen saw the King. He wrote in his journal: “Tuesday, 14. Saw the King at six in the evening. He will not go and can not, on account of the extreme vigilance. In fact, he scruples at it, having so often promised to remain, for he is an honest man. . . . He sees that force is the only resource; but, being weak, he thinks it impossible to resume all his authority. . . . Un- less he were constantly encouraged, I am not sure he would not be tempted to negotiate with the rebels. He said to me afterwards: ‘That’s all very well! VVe are by ourselves and we can talk; but nobody ever found himself in my position. I know I missed the right moment; it was the 14th of July; we ought to have gone then, and I wanted to, but how could I when Monsieur himself begged me to stay, and Marshal de Broglie, who was in command, said to me: “Yes, we can go to Metz. But what shall we do when we get there?” I lost the oppor- tunity and never found it again. I have been aban- doned by everybody.’ ” Louis XVI. desired Fersen to Warn the Powers that they must not be surprised at anything he might be forced to do; that he was