Here we begin Part Four of this Series, ‘A Young Voice Crying For Justice, King Louis XVII, Pray For Us!’
The book that Father Devaux gave Louis XVII,The Looking Glass For The Mind by M. Berquin, from the Preface of the book: “The following pages may be considered rather as a Collection of the Beauties of M. Berquin, than as a literally abridged translation of that work, several original thoughts and observations being occasionally introduced into different parts of them.
The stories here collected are of a most interesting kind, since virtue is constantly represented as the fountain of happiness, and vice as the source of every evil. Nothing extravagant or romantic will be found in these tales: neither enchanted castles, nor supernatural agents, but such scenes are exhibited as come within the reach of the observations of young people in common life; the whole being made familiar by an innocent turn of thought and expression, and applied to describe their amusements, their pursuits, and their necessities.
As a useful and instructive Pocket Looking-Glass, we recommend it for the instruction of every youth, whether miss or master; it is a mirror that will not flatter them, nor lead them into error; it displays the follies and improper pursuits of youthful breasts, points out the dangerous paths they sometimes tread, and clears the way to the Temple of Honour and Fame.”
I am moving through the volume 1 of the autobiography to Book Five, when the Royal Family was taken from the Chateaux to the Temple, where they were separated and never seen each other again.
In the next pages, you will read about a man who stole the Kingdom from Louis XVI and how he stirred the people up against the Catholic Monarchy and remake in the image of Masonic ideals and support the anarchist wants.
This group, Girondists, a more moderate group than the Jacobins, even the Queen tried working with them.
With this, I close this series and ask you to read the complete Volume 2 of the Autobiography as well. I left you the exact details of Louis’ last days without any commentary except those jailers, whose commentary is in these pages.