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Delayed Opening of the Assembly

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.003.0004
Delayed Opening of the Assembly

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The opening of the Assembly was delayed by a month which gave opponents time to concert action, whilst the death of Vergennes robbed Calonne of his only ministerial supporter. There was also an exchange of letters between Calonne and Necker about the status of the latter's published budget for 1781, the famous Compte rendu which was to prove Calonne's nemesis. Calonne's long speech to the Notables made two controversial points: 1. that there was a deficit in 1781 not a surplus as Necker had claimed. (If Calonne was right, Necker, the hero of many Notables, was a charlatan, if Necker was right Calonne was a robber.) 2. That the king had personally adopted Calonne's programme, leaving the Notables to discuss only how best to implement it. (In which case public opinion would consider that the Notables were stooges.)

Keywords: Vergennes; Calonne; delay; Necker; Compte rendu; opening speeches; deficit

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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