EON (Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste Timothée
de Beaumont, chevalier d').
Minute autograph letter to James Christie Jr. from the house
of London auctions. S.d. 1 p. 1/2 in-12.
"You, worthy son of a father who sold the whole of England not in
kosher but in public, please tell me, if you can't
not to sell not my new ones but [my] manuscripts so old that
for eight hundred years they've been making a beard for the shiny moderns
because no one reads our grandfather's stories any more.
or our grandmother's fairy tales. However, our contemporaries,
...without making a show of it, steal from our ancestors with impudence...
impudence like no other, they give us nothing but dishes
as tasteless as those copyist dishes that are reheated with such tasteless connoisseurship
are set up as self-prophets, when they are not worthy at the most
than being poor readers in a cathedral or an academy.
d'Anière " Allusion to a mediocre poetic collection published in
Neuchâtel in 1783 under the title of Mémoires de l'Académie
d'Asnières forming an etymological pun on the name of this
village of Ile-de-France.
Transvestite and diplomat of Louis XV, the extravagant
chevalier d'Éon (1728-1810), was first employed at Saint-
St. Petersburg, in 1755 as an agent of the King's Secret and then in 1756
as secretary to the ambassador, the Duke of Nivernais.
He followed the latter to London in 1762, again as secretary to the ambassador.
embassy, to assist him in the peace talks with
England, and it was he who reported to Louis XV the ratification
of the peace treaty - the king rewarded him with the title of minister
plenipotentiary. That same year, the Knight of Aeon became angry...
Nevertheless, with the Duke's successor, the Count de Guerchy, in
who he refused to hand over secret diplomatic papers
that might compromise France in the eyes of