Memoir of Louis René de Caradeuc de La Chalotais

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing a transcript of the 'Mémoires de Monsieur [Louis René de Caradeuc] De La Chalotais, Procureur Général au Parlement de Bretagne... Ecrit le 21 janvier MDCCLXVII'. The manuscript is perhaps a fair copy from the printed edition of 1766, containing the first and second Mémoires.

Administrative / Biographical History

Louis René de Caradeuc de La Chalotais (1701-1785) was a French magistrate, who served as Advocate General (1730-1752) and Attorney General (from 1752) of the Breton Parlement. He led a protracted personal and political battle with the Duke of Pivot, who was Governor of Brittany and the King's representative, concerning the influence and fate of the Jesuit order. This led him to be seen as the head of the parliamentary opposition, and in 1765 he was imprisoned by Louis XV and later exiled. He was restored by Louis XVI in 1775.For an account of the circumstances in which his memoir was originally composed see Nouvelle Biographic Générale sub La Chalotais . The work was printed in several editions.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bought from W. Myers in 1972.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

6" x 4". 18th century binding.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

The volume bears an unidentified coat of arms on the front and back covers, and a book label stating 'A la Bible D'Or Bellanger, Relieur & Doreur de Livres à Orléans'.

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