Letter from the Palatine Joseph Emperor Paul.
Vienna. March 20, 1801.
Most Gracious Sovereign! It hurts me to renew the parent heart of your Majesty's recollection of the sad loss of my wife; but neither my hand nor heart dare not be so, if I had not demanded my duty to appeal to your Majesty for orders on the two subjects on which I was to do anything without your solutions. The first of them concerns the place of burial of the deceased. I had prepared a place in the crypt of the Capuchin Church in Buda, where already rested my poor baby. Meanwhile, this court, apparently intends to transfer the body to the imperial family crypt in Vienna; finally, the confessor of the deceased does not agree to carry out the burial in the catholic church. Therefore I humbly beg Your Majesty to declare me your orders on this account. The body of the deceased in peace as long as a small country house near Buda, presented me to his wife when she was alive. The second item concerns orders inherited it. She left behind a piece of wills, painted her hand and wills draft drawn up by its instructions to my chief chamberlain. I urge Your Majesty graciously inform me whether to bring you these papers, or how to dispose of the inheritance? Not recognizing now more sacred duty, as a consideration is the will of your Majesty, I beg you to believe that in spite of the terrible loss of my own, I never cease to be grateful to you, and in the short happiness, how do you I have presented and referred to your Imperial Majesty's obedient servant and son, Joseph, Palatine.