LOUIS XVI. King of France; executed during the Revolution.
Document Signed, Louis, at the conclusion, forty-three pages, large folio, Versailles, November 19, 1782.
The document is a record of the activities of the Royal Treasury as reported to the Royal Council. Deposits representing tax payments from the various French towns and provinces are listed, with the amounts deposited appearing in one margin, and a notation in the other showing that the sums had been received. The accounts are carefully set down and, where a deduction has been made, the law authorizing such a withholding is cited. At the conclusion of this detailed document, the presidents of the General Treasury of France have signed their names. Following that is an authorization to pay out sums of money to the treasurers or finance officers of the various state departments (i.e. the war department), essentially furnishing them with the budgets to administer their departments. This record reveals how the people were taxed, the cost of running the state, and ultimately, the amount the king amassed. Louis XVI’s extravagant life style and the taxation to accommodate it indeed contributed to the French Revolution.
Fine condition, housed in a red quarter-morocco fall-back box.
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