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1784, 16 August
Rocca Sorrentina, Italy
I know I should have written immediately upon my return from Marseilles, where I saw father, who was in surprisingly good spirits for one who might be somewhat humbled by circumstances. (I always forget until I see him in society that he is not just our Papa but also a charming man of the world.)
I'd have written immediately upon my arrival here but was distracted by the marvelous gift of a…Continue
From the time Lorsagne made the decision to book passage for Marseilles, her maid Perrette had less than twelve hours to pack everything her mistress would need for the journey. The two-masted Minerva would cast off from Sorrentina at dawn, and the young woman who had served Lorsagne for the past several years worked through the night to pack de Sade’s belongings and to secure the additional supplies her mistress would need to make the sea-voyage with as little…Continue
1784, 14 August
Returned again to my home away from home, Sorrentina in Italy, after a brief trip to see Father who was on business at Marseilles but has now set his course for England. I had so hoped to find Father in better circumstances than last I saw him and I did. Unfortunately, those…Continue
From Lady Sere’s Journal, 9 August 1784
Our business in Brussels was concluded quite successfully, though at times I felt as if I was being given an examination by my old tutors. Once the late Principe was declared legally dead, the matter of the extensive loans he took out to complete the renovation of the Villa Vesuviana, the gardens, and the magnificent waterfalls and cascades took quite some time to be resolved satisfactorily. He had…Continue