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Cartoon: Calonne at the Assembly of Notables 1787
Calonne at the Assembly of Notables 1787

 

Assembly of the Notables 1787

The Assembly of the Notables, or in French Assemblée des Notables, was held from February 22 - May 25, 1787, at Versailles.

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Calonne at the Assembly of the Notables in 1787. Caricature.

Musée Carnavalet, Paris

"Assemblée des Notables le 22 fevrier 1787"

Buffet de la cour

- Mes chers administrés, je vous ai rassemblés pour savoir à quelle sauce vous voulez être mangés.

- Mais nous ne voulons pas être mangés du tout !!!

- Vous sortez de la question…


In other words:

The Court's Buffet

Calonne - My dear delegates, I have gathered you to know with what sauce you would like to be eaten.

Notables - But we don't want to be eaten at all !

Calonne - You are evading the question ...

 


Go here for the Assembly of Notables 1788, which was held November 6 - December 12, 1788.

 

The Invite

Encouraged by the royal controller of finances, Charles Calonne, the Notables were summoned by King Louis XVI on December 29, 1786.

Check this event in the timeline of the French Revolution.

 

The Proceedings

Chairman in Louis XVI's absence was His Majesty's brother, Louis-Stanislas-Xavier.

During the opening session, Calonne presents his reforms.

The attendees then split into committees to discuss.

Scroll down to read the Minutes.

 

The Attendees

Also present, in addition to the deputies / notables, were the four secretaries of state and the minister of finance:

Charles Eugene de la Croix, Marquis de Castries

Philippe Henri, Marquis de Ségur

Louis Auguste le Tonnellier, Baron de Breteuil

Armand Marc, Comte de Montmorin de Saint Hérem

Charles Alexandre de Calonne
(Grand-Trésorier Commandeur de l'Ordre du Saint Esprit, Ministre d'Etat and Controleur general des Finances)

 

List of Convoked Notables

Invited were 144 deputies. Here is the guest list:

 

  Princes of the blood (7)
1 Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, Comte de Provence
(the King's younger brother, later Louis XVIII)
 
2 Charles-Philippe, Comte d'Artois
(the King's younger brother, later Charles X)
 
3 Louis-Philippe-Joseph, Duc d'Orléans
(the King's cousin)
 
4 Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de Condé
 
5 Louis-Henri-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de Condé
 
6 Louis-François-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de Conti
 
7 Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duc de Penthièvre