Readings in Modern European History, Vol. 2

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DUVERGIER, Collection complète des lois, décrets, etc. (ed. of 1824), XXX, 166 sqq. World History

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The Chamber of Deputies Summons Louis Philippe to the Throne

The Chamber of Deputies, in view of the imperative necessity resulting from the events of July 26, 27, 28, and 29, and the following days, and the general situation of France due to the violation of the Constitutional Charter;

The throne declared vacant

In view also of the fact that, in consequence of this violation and of the heroic resistance of the citizens of Paris, his Majesty Charles X and his Royal Highness Louis Antoine, the dauphin, and all the members of the older branch of the royal house are at this moment leaving French territory, declares that the throne is vacant in fact and of right, and that it is indispensable to provide therefor.

The Chamber of Deputies declares, secondly, that, in accordance with the wish and in the interest of the French people, the preamble of the Constitutional Charter,1 is suppressed as wounding the national dignity, since it appears to grant to Frenchmen the rights which are inherently theirs, and that the following articles of the same character must be suppressed or modified in the manner below indicated.

[Here follows a series of modifications in the Charter intended to preclude the illiberal construction which Charles X had placed upon it.]

Louis Philippe invited, under certain conditions, to become king of France

On condition of the acceptance of these arrangements and propositions, the Chamber of Deputies declares that the general and pressing interest of the French people summons to the throne his Royal Highness Louis Philippe of Orleans, duke of Orleans, lieutenant general of the kingdom, and his descendants forever, from male to male, in order of primogeniture, to the perpetual exclusion of women and their descendants. Accordingly his Royal Highness Louis Philippe of Orleans shall be invited to accept and swear to the clauses and engagements above enumerated, and to the observation of the Constitutional Charter including the modifications indicated, and, after having done this in the presence of the assembled chambers, to take the title of King of the French.

1 See above, p. 3

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Chicago: Louis Philippe, "The Chamber of Deputies Summons Louis Philippe to the Throne," Readings in Modern European History, Vol. 2 in Readings in Modern European History: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources Chosen With the Purpose of Illustrating Some of the Chief Phases of the Development of Europe During the Last Two Hundred Years, ed. James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936) and Charles A. Beard (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1908), 12–14. Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCJUE1C4H2X8YLJ.

MLA: Philippe, Louis. "The Chamber of Deputies Summons Louis Philippe to the Throne." Readings in Modern European History, Vol. 2, in Readings in Modern European History: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources Chosen With the Purpose of Illustrating Some of the Chief Phases of the Development of Europe During the Last Two Hundred Years, edited by James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936) and Charles A. Beard, Vol. 2, Boston, Ginn and Company, 1908, pp. 12–14. Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCJUE1C4H2X8YLJ.

Harvard: Philippe, L, 'The Chamber of Deputies Summons Louis Philippe to the Throne' in Readings in Modern European History, Vol. 2. cited in 1908, Readings in Modern European History: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources Chosen With the Purpose of Illustrating Some of the Chief Phases of the Development of Europe During the Last Two Hundred Years, ed. , Ginn and Company, Boston, pp.12–14. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DCJUE1C4H2X8YLJ.