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Revolution In The Netherlands

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This chapter focuses on a letter written by Françoise Vockestaert, the wife of Pieter Paulus, to her nephew Otto van Eck. The letter reflects the reaction of Françoise Vockestaert to the execution of King Louis XVI that dates from 26 January 1793. The terrible end of the former king of France troubled the hearts of many Dutchmen - Orangists and Patriots alike. This execution no doubt made a deep impression on Lambert van Eck, who only five years before had walked around the palace at Versailles. Lambert must have felt even more compassion for his French friends and acquaintances guillotined during the Reign of Terror, the radical phase of the Revolution. Of the many politicians Lambert van Eck and Pieter Paulus had met in 1788 in Paris and Versailles in their attempt to seek support for a Patriot uprising in the Netherlands, many had initially embraced the revolution.

Keywords: French Revolution; Lambert van Eck; Netherlands; Otto van Eck; Pieter Paulus

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