Louis XVI’s Reply to the Parlement of Paris (1788)
I read your remonstrances and wanted to reply to them with such sincerity that you could not doubt my intentions nor permit yourselves to deviate from them.
It was useless for you to tell me about the rules concerning registration and voting privileges. When I come to personally hold my Parlement it is because I wish to hear a discussion of the law that I have brought with me and to learn more about it before I decide on its registration. This is what I did on 19 November last.
I heard everyone's opinion.
You only need summarize these opinions when I am not present at your deliberations, in which case I am aware of the result of your debates by knowing how the majority voted.
When I am present, I will decide this for myself.
If, in my courts, my will was subject to the majority vote, the monarchy would be nothing more than an aristocracy of magistrates, as adverse to the rights and interests of the nation as to those of the sovereign.
Indeed, it would be a strange constitution that diminishes the will of the King to the point that it is worth no more than the opinion of one of his officers, and requires that legislators have as many opinions as there are different decisions arising from the various courts of law in the kingdom.