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BUSSY-RABUTIN Roger, count of (1618-1693)... - Lot 22 - Drouot Estimations
BUSSY-RABUTIN Roger, count of (1618-1693) military and writer, author of the Histoire amoureuse des Gaules; cousin of Mme de Sévigné.
L.A. (minute), Chaseu December 8, 1685, to the count of OLON, his cousin; 3 pages in-4 (small holes and cracks due to ink corrosion).
He tries to persuade his cousin to abjure Protestantism.
After what the bishop of Autun (Gabriel de Roquette) "on behalf of God" and M. de Harlay "on behalf of the King" have told the Count, he reminds him that "Blaise de Rabutin, father of our great aunt Benigne de Rabutin, was of the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Religion. It was not a hundred years ago that this Blaise lived, and it was about this time that our bisayeul (at most) became of the so-called reformed religion". Bussy-Rabutin doubts that the only "discovery of the truth" was the reason for this conversion; he sees in it "the same reasons of ambition, or of discontent of the Court that the Condés and the Collignis had. If you examine the conduct of all these first Reformers, whether Princes, Gentlemen, common people, churchmen, or people of war, you will find in some worldly interests, for the source of their change, and the love of novelty in others. But when there are some who are persuaded of the truth,  does it belong to private individuals to reform the Church", this must be done by councils. As for him, if one proposed to him to change his religion, he would firmly refuse: "I would go to court if I had to", because it is a question of salvation "In the name of this same God in whom we believe you and us, I conjure you my dear cousin to listen to all the divine and human reasons which urge you to change. May a false honor not make you obstinate  This same good spirit which provides you with so many reasons to support your belief, must show you all those that you have to return to us ".
A L.A.S. "L'abbe De Bussy" and a L.S. "L'Evesque de Luçon", 1723-1732, from his son Michel-Celse-Roger de BUSSY-RABUTIN (1669-1736) are attached.
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