20.10.08

The Foundling Hospital, 1790

Long vilified by freemasons, philisophs, and even relatives sought their own increase at the deminishment of the Royal Family. Rarely is the charity remarked upon by any historian, or writer. I can think of few things which tear at my heart than the abandonment of a child. In this century as in every century it is the children who suffer the most. In a time when life was short Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette stood up for life even in the 18th century. In my effort to return somewhat to the actual mission of this blog I convey this article written on the blog of Elena-Maria Vidal at Tea at Trianon about the Catholic works done, not in their own name but in the the name of charity.

"Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette contributed a great deal throughout their reign to the care of orphans and foundlings. They patronized foundling hospitals, which the Queen often visited with her children. Above is a picture of an occasion in February, 1790, after their removal to Paris, when the king, the queen and their children toured such a facility, where the nuns cared for abandoned babies and little children. As is reported by Maxime de la Rocheterie, the young Dauphin, soon to be an orphan himself, was particularly drawn to the foundlings and gave all of his small savings to aid them."

The original article with redirects and historical prints may be found, here...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria once again.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

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