Talleyrand: The Training of a Statesman, 1754-1838

Talleyrand: The Training of a Statesman, 1754-1838

Talleyrand: The Training of a Statesman, 1754-1838

Talleyrand: The Training of a Statesman, 1754-1838

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As many quotations in the present volume are made from Talleyrand Mémoires the following history of these much-discussed Mémoires is given as found in the preface and notes of the edition edited and published by the Duc de Broglie in 1891, issued by Calman-Lévy.

The Duc de Broglie in his preface gives the following account of the origin of the Mémoires:

Talleyrand made a Will leaving all his papers to the Duchesse de Dino, on the condition, however, that none of them should be published before thirty years had elapsed, from the time of his death. If the Duchesse de Dino were to die before Talleyrand's decease, the ownership of the papers (or memoirs) was to pass to Monsieur de Bacourt.

After Talleyrand's death, in 1838, the papers became the possession of the Duchesse de Dino, but she died in her turn, on September 29, 1862--i.e., six years before the time fixed by the Will for the publication of the papers, and they (the papers or memoirs) passed into the hands of Monsieur de Bacourt.

In the lifetime of the Duchesse de Dino, Monsieur de Bacourt had apparently undertaken the work of preparing . . .

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