Esteemed Readers, we proceed the Royal voyage of His Majesty to Luxembourg. The weather is fine, roads are smooth for that epoch as well as the journey itself is pleasant & leisurely.
“Monsieur Dauphin arrived to Claye before six o’clock in the evening because he knew that the King was to reach that place in about 1 hour. He changed his garments & went ahead of His Majesty. Everybody knows how much this Prince is tireless, galant & that he is deeply attached to the King.
His Majesty arrived to Claye at time I had mentioned you, & was accommodated with comfort in the house of M. Enjorant, the General Advocate of the Great Council, & to a certain extent Seigneur of this Village. He was honoured to salute the King, who welcomed him in a charming manner so natural for this great Monarch. As M. Enjorant’s house had been reserved for the King, Chief Officers of dwelling marked one for him in the Village, when accommodation for the Journey Officers was done with chalk, so that this very day was regarded as the one in the House of His Majesty. The quality “Hoste du Roy/King’s Guest” was the one Officers of dwelling wrote to distinguish any proper house.
Monsieur (Philippe I d’Orléans, Louis XIV’s brother),& Madame Duchess obtained the Apartments near the Château where the King had stayed. Madame Princesse de Conty, & Monsieur Duke of Maine stayed at the farm of Mr. d’Herouville, Maistre d’Hostel of His Majesty. Then Messieurs Princes du Sang/the Royal Princes obtained most comfortable dwelling, while those who desired to have more space went to Meaux…” To be continued.
If you have missed the beginning, please, see these posts:
The Voyage, Part I:
The Voyage, Part II:
PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain
Vive le Roy! 🙂