Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy Chamrond, marquise, 1697-1780. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83229498
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Marie Anne de Vichy Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697-1780), was married at 21 to her kinsman, Jean Baptiste de la Lande, marquis du Deffand. The marriage resulted in a separation as early as 1722. However, her intelligence, cynicism, and wit gained her such friends as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Fontenelle and Madame de Staal-Delaunay, the president Henault, and D'Alembert. The principal friendships of her later years were with the duchesse de Choiseul and with Horace Walpole. She died on September 23, 1780, leaving her papers to Walpole. In English. Purchased from Henry Sorensen, August 1971. Title supplied by cataloger. Laid in: several pages of handwritten notes by Ste.-Aulaire.
Manuscript copies in multiple hands, of 62 letters to or by Madame du Deffand, primarily letters from du Deffand to the duchesse du Choiseul; also two letters to Horace Walpole. The letters primarily concern social subject such as dinners, news of friends, current reading, and routine expressions of friendship. In one letter, she tells Horace Walpole she is reading de Boutigny's Tarsis et Zelie; in another, she mentions that Sedaine read to her his Paris Inedite. She also discusses the American Revolution in a letter dated October 24, 1777, which reports that some say General Burgoyne has been taken, while others say that Philadelphia has fallen.
Nobility--France--Correspondence. Nobility--France--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85140139
Burgoyne, John,--1722-1792.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50032304 Choiseul Stainville, Louise Honorine Crozat,--duchesse de,--1734-1801. Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy Chamrond,--marquise,--1697-1780.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83229498 Le Vayer de Boutigny,--M.--(Roland),--1627-1685.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83124585 Sainte-Aulaire, Joseph Louis Camille de Beaupoil,--Marquis,--1798-1819. Walpole, Horace,--1717-1797.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80126297
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