A letter from a Mr Jenkinson in Paris, dated 15 July 1789 (FO 27/32)
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The Bastille made some Resistance but was taken yesterday Evening. The Governor and sub-Governor had their Heads cut off, which were carried in Triumph around the City. ... the King was at first very resolute. The thoughts however of the Danger he was in have this Evening induced him to recant all his former words & to submit in everything. Deputies have arrived this afternoon from Versailles with this goodnews, and it is reported that the King will be here himself tomorrow, but I own I very much doubt it. The Consternation that has prevailed in Paris for the last two days, is beyond all power of description. Few People have gone out of their doors, & all Public Amusement for the first time have been stopped. I however have seen every thing of importance from the first Enterance of the Troops to the taking of the Bastille which I was present at yesterday Evening & indeed the whole sight has been such, that nothing would have ... tempted me to miss it.