The only pang he feels—and I shall feel—
Is the dark breath of calumny and blame
Breathed by a grimmer ghost and than death himself:
The hate of those for whom he gives his life.”
Wishing to make known my feelings towards the memory of my eldest brother [Maximilien] before paying to Nature the tribute which all mortals owe her, I declare that I have ever known him to be a man full of virtue. I protest against all the letters contrary to his honor which have been attributed to me, and, desiring to dispose of what I shall leave at my death, I appoint Mlle. Reine Louise Victoire Mathon as my sole heir.
Written by my hand, in Paris, on February 6th, 1828
Marie Marguerite Charlotte de Robespierre