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The source provided is a discursive source intended for private use Madame Roland writes it in letter format to a confidant The source discusses her opinions and account of The massacre of the Champs de Mars The source does have a variety of strengths it was written very close to the event only one day after the massacre occurred The fact that it is a letter suggests that it will be a truthful account as we would not expect anyone to lie to a confidant especially about such a public matter However she may also be inclined to exaggerate events to encourage sympathy for her political cause using the term cut their brothers throats in reference to the National Guards It is not a formal document so perhaps some of the facts have been misinterpreted The letter written one day after the event leads us to question whether she is still shocked and perhaps this response is reactionary Also as it has been translated there may be vital pieces of information missing or misinterpreted through editing We are also indecisive whether she attended the signing all day and witnessed this openly or is she repeating what someone has told her We also only have the one opinion For a full report on the massacre we would need to combine this with other letters formal documents and official reports including that of the National Guards For a study of The massacre of the Champs de Mars I would want a full understanding of the National Guards and what they were instructed to do I would also want to see the site to grasp the scale of the massacre I would also need a copy of the petition that was being signed and I would want to elaborate on what the next legislature specified I would also want to specify on what the term municipality entailed at the time and what the process was for informing
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