[Ads-l] "L'=?iso-8859-1?Q?=C9tat_?=C'est Moi" Source

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 31 18:01:10 UTC 2017

A German-language journal also published in April 1791<https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hxjuey;view=1up;seq=645> attributes the anecdote to "Memoires secrets sur les regnes de Louis XIV. et Louis XV<https://archive.org/stream/mmoiressecretss06duclgoog#page/n195/mode/2up/search/c%27est>. par feu Mr. Duclos, de l'academie Francoise, historiographe de France. 1791. I Vol. 484 pages. II. 571 pages in Octavo."  That book, on archive.org, has poor OCR text, so I was unable to easily search and find it in the book to see whether it listed an earlier source.

Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, Volume 1, 1791, Number 64, page 645<https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hxjuey;view=1up;seq=649>.

If the "Memoires" were truly secret, it is possible that they first came to light in that publication.

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The Yale Book of Quotations cites an 1834 secondary source for Louis XIV's =
famous remark, "L'=C9tat c'est moi."  When I search Gallica I find the phra=
se occurring in a 1791 book.  Can anyone help me to trace it to pre-1791 so=

Fred Shapiro

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