28 THE DOWNFALL OF ROYALTY.
in poison. “The death of tlie Emperor Leopold,” says Madame Campan, “occurred on March. 1, 1792. The Queen was out when the news arrived at the Tuileries. O11 her return, I gave her the letter announcing it. She cried out that the Emperor had been poisoned; that she had remarked. and preserved a gazette in Which, in an article on the session of the Jacobin Club at the time when Leopold had declared for the Coalition, it was said, in speaking of him, that a bit of piecrust could settle that affair. From that moment the Queen had regarded this phrase as an inadvertence of the propagandists.”
On the very day when Marie Antoinette’s brother died, Louis XVI.’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, De Lessart, had enraged the National Assembly by reading them extracts from his diplomatic corre- spondence, Which they found not sufficiently ﬁrm. They were indignant at a despatch in which Prince de Kaunitz said: “The latest events give us hopes; it appears that the majority of the French nation, impressed with the evils they have prepared, are returning to more moderate principles, and incline] to render to the ‘throne the dignity and authority which are the essence of monarchical government.” VVhen De Lessart cam.e d.own from the tribune, the whispering changed into cries of rage and threats against the minister and the court, which, it was said, was planning a counter-revo1uti.on at the Tui- leries, a11d dictating to the cabinet of Vienna the language by which it hoped to intimidate France.