Seating Chart at Versailles,
Assemblée des Notables, 1788
Assembly of the Notables 1788
This years' Assembly of the Notables, or in
Assemblée des Notables,
was held from November 6 - December 12, 1788, at Versailles.
chart of the Assembly of Notables 1788 at
l'Assemblée de notables
Go here for the
Assembly of the Notables
1787, which was held from
February 22 - May 25, last year (1787).
The reason for this years' Assembly of
the Notables is the upcoming gathering of the Estates General.
three estates have last been summoned in 1614, and with regards to
finding an answer to burning questions of nationwide caliber, it
had not been very successful.
In His Majesty's letter to the
Louis XVI outlines his agenda for the 1788 assembly. In a nutshell,
he wanted to
"get their opinion on the fairest and
most appropriate way to proceed with the organization of the
Estates-General that I am determined to convene in 1789."
Signed Louis, October 8, 1788.
The Notables were split into groups
(bureaux). Each bureau that had to answer 54 questions.
Question number five was
be the respective number of deputies for each order? Should it be an
equal number for each deputation?"
Lafayette, by the way, was assigned to
the Second Bureau.
Here are the complete
minutes of the Assembly as PDF (French)
(19.7 MB - might take some seconds to load)