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1790 in literature

See also: 1789 in literature, other events of 1790, 1791 in literature, list of years in literature.

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  • The very literary Thomas de Mahay[?], Marquis de Favras (1744-1790), was arrested by the radicals of the French Revolution and charged with plotting to help King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette escape the country. Convicted of treason, de Mahay was handed his official death sentence by the court clerk. The Marquis read the paper and shaking his head in disgust said: "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes."

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