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With great care, the novice read reports of troops recruited, transports contracted for, and subsidies paid out. These activities involved huge expenditure of money, and Vergennes soon learned the terrible cost of the game of high politics. France undertook to hire 6,000 troops in the name of the Holy Roman Emperor from Prince William of Hesse-Cassel. Since England had previously contracted for the use of these same troops, Prince William had a seller's market and he knew it. 52 Once subsidy agreements were concluded, Vergennes assumed the duties of payment and accounting.

Chavigny's ancestors were notaries at Beaune, and his father was first, the king's attorney at the salt granary there, and then, secretary to the Comte Le Roy de Chavigny. Chavigny's father died before the boy and his brother Philibert, were grown, and their mother placed them under the tutelage of their maternal uncle Vinchon, who handled the business affairs of the Comte de Chavigny. He sent them to school at the Collège de Clermont in Paris. Page 7 With their uncle's connivance, they discarded the family name of Chevignard and began to pose as sons of the now-dead Grand Seigneur Chavigny.

The Dutch Entanglement: 17831787 459 Epilogue 473 Notes 477 Bibliography 579 Index 595 Page ix PREFACE This is an old-fashioned, narrative history. It is based on the assumption that humans, although conditioned and restricted by the complex structures of their past and present, ultimately make their own history. Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, was an aristocrat, a son of provincial nobility of the robe. His life history demonstrates the values of provincial service nobility: his mode of life was not excessively luxurious, he had little artistic taste or interest, and, at Court, he stood out as an overly domestic, very serious, hardworking servant of the King.

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