By Arianne Baggerman
A diary saved by way of a boy within the 1790s offers the foundation for a wide ranging view of the Age of Enlightenment and democratic revolution in Europe, highlighting the emergence of recent rules on schooling, nature, time, house, faith and politics.
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4 Even those who would sacrifice their lives for the cause should be happy, he said, because they were doing it for the sake of their children. Van Eck and Paulus dropped in on the famous writer, but did not find him at home. One celebrity they did meet was Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador to France, with whom they had a delightful meal. They found the future president in especially high spirits, having just received the news that another state had joined the union. Of all Paulus’s interlocutors, the Marquis de Lafayette made the deepest impression: ‘Lafayette pleased us more than expected.
His advice boiled down to assassinating Prince Willem V, just as Brutus had murdered Julius Caesar because of his dictatorial tendencies. 7 26 prologue Fig. 6. The Church of Saint-Geneviève under construction. From Lambert’s travel guide, Guide des amateurs et des étrangers voyageurs à Paris, 1787. Modern Tourism The first thing Lambert did upon arriving in Paris was to acquire a new map of the city. That he intended to savour the sights is apparent from the two bulky travel guides he bought. 8 Paris aroused mixed feelings in Lambert.
The general tenor of Paulus’s talks can nevertheless be discerned through Lambert’s clouded vision. The French government now regretted its failure to intervene when Prussia invaded the Dutch Republic in 1787. This was apparent from the mood of the Marquis de Vérac, a recently ousted diplomat who called on Paulus. Lambert reported that this former ambassador to the Netherlands had been ‘greatly affected by the turn of events, which, he said, had also caused him not a little suffering’. He had even avoided all company for three months.
Child of the Enlightenment: Revolutionary Europe Reflected in a Boyhood Diary by Arianne Baggerman