William Godwin's Diary


Having secured independence from Holland, the Belgian National Conference offered their throne to the duc de Nemours, second son of Louis-Philippe of France, in the hope that this would commit France to assist Belgium. However, Louis-Philippe rejected the offer on behalf of his son, aware that it could lead to war with the rest of Europe.

See Harry Hearder, Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1830-1880 2nd edn (London and New York: Longman, 1988), p. 175 and Munro Price, The Perilous Crown: France Between Revolutions, 1814-1848 (London: Macmillan, 2007), p. 221.