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The Honor or Morvilliers

Listed in: Inspirational Stories

Morvilliers, keeper of the seals to Charles the Ninth of France, was one day ordered by his sovereign to put the seals to the pardon of a nobleman who had committed murder.

He refused.

The king then took the seals out of his hands, and having put them himself to the instrument of remission, returned them immediately to Morvilliers, who refused to take them again, saying, “The seals have twice put me in a situation of great honor: once when I received them, and again when I resigned them.”