The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

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III. LETTERS TO PONIATOVSKI

I

July 2nd, 1762

I BEG you most urgently not to hasten to come here, as your arrival in the present circumstances would be dangerous for you and do me much harm. The revolution which has just taken place in my favour is miraculous. Its unanimity is unbelievable. I am deeply engaged in work and would be unable to devote myself to you. All my life I will serve and revere your family but at the moment it is important not to arouse criticism. I have not slept for three nights and have eaten twice in four days.

Good-bye, keep well,

Catherine.


II

August 2nd, 1762

I am sending at once Count Keyserling as Ambassador to Poland to declare you King after the death of the present monarch and in the event of his not proving successful so far as you are concerned I want it to be Prince Adam.

All minds here are still in a state of ferment. I beg you not to come here now, for fear of increasing it.

My advent to the throne had been planned for the last six months. Peter III lost what little intelligence he ever had. He shocked and offended everyone; he wanted to disrupt the Guards

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