June 22nd, 1791
Such an unfavourable greeting but my dear lord, what an eventful week it has been.
Just one day and two night ago his majesty and the queen took part in a perilous journey to escape the turmoil and disarray that is the revolution in Paris. I followed in this expedition to migrate to a safer, more protected place to gather our resources and find support, along with shelter and safeguard from civil unrest. However this passage did not prove successful, and now the king and queen face charges for their crimes. Earlier in the week as well, more uproar from the streets of Paris echoed through the obscure halls where his and her majesty were forced to reside in, and were heard by all in the city. Worst of all, I have lost my connection with his majesty, and now live and fend for my own.
Their departure and travel was ill-mannered and a misfortune bound to be from the beginning. The purpose behind our leave was to give his majesty and the royal family freedom and liberation from the restrictions that placed on them in Paris, and more so to provide escape from the growing violence within the city. The general estate is becoming increasingly hostile towards his majesty the king and the queen as well. There seems to be no words or actions at this point that can restore any merit for the royal family. Revolution on the streets have developed, and men of high stature and mind have organized themselves, proving to be a threat. Their minds will not be swayed by negotiation and compromise, but instead it is us who hesitate at their words. Authoritative leaders of the rebellious groups have begun to take forceful and vicious actions, and I foresee that this leads only to bloodshed.
This I believe you have been informed of, but what you might not be aware is the reason for our misfortune. We took all precautions and planned elaborately the arrangement. It was that the family shall be disguised, and would be accompanied by a group of daring men who look to clandestinely move them towards Varennes, a indefinitely safer residence to dwell for the present. By the cover of night, and stealth in their movements, we should have been able to reach the town as predicted. However, delays and mishaps postponed the opening of the expedition, and the loss in caution and attention later took a toll. The rush that soon ensued made the group vulnerable, and they were discovered and captured before the crossing was completed. The royal family now are headed back to Paris and await their trial.
Now you may wonder how am able to write this letter to you. It is so since I am not in Paris, but have escaped the capture. The event which led to the downfall unfolded as such. There was no commotion that the party faced throughout the majority of the journey. It is not until we reached Clermont that discord emerged. The family was informed that their leave has been alerted, and alike, they have also been betrayed. Rebels from Paris have gathered and look to retrieve and return them back to the city. During this time as well, chaos filled the streets of Clermont, and it is also where I lost contact with the company through the mist. Thus, I took lead to make my way Reims. It was only later that day where I was informed of the capture by a men of the kings company.
As of now, I write to you from a covert location just outside of Amiens, which I shall not disclose to keep the integrity of my own personal security. I hope you take measures for yourself as well for I believe the upcoming times will not be pleasant for anyone with ties to the crown. May this message find you in proper manner.
~Mme. De Treville