The Five Men; Or, a Review of the Proceedings and Principles of the Executive Directory of France

The Five Men; Or, a Review of the Proceedings and Principles of the Executive Directory of France : Together with the Lives of Its Present Members, S.F.L.H. Letourneur, J. Rewbell, L.M. Revelliere Lapaux, P.F.I.N. Barras, and L.N.M. Carnot

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...it are, indeed, his equals in villainy, but they have only the audaciousness of crime, they possess not his courage. They can only assassinate, they never could conquer. They are able to confound and to disorganize every thing; they are unable to re-construct and to govern. Cromwell had an ability and a genius whose force created powerful fleets and armies. The oligarchical crew of France, since it has obtained the administration of the war, has possessed no other secret than that of letting a great part of our armies melt away in three months, notwithstanding the mil sions lions laviilted by the' Convention for their support. Finally, Cromwell, understanding how to direct the reins of government, oppressed, it is true, the body politic, but he preserved it from death; insomuch that it retained all the vigour necessary to recover a certain portion of liberty. The oligarchical crew of France, should it obtain the domination, being as supereminently ignorant of political oecononuy and general justice, as it is expert in intrigue and impudent in calumny, would lead France to such a state of dissolution, that she would be unable to re-orgaz nize hersels on a system of freedom, and no other resource would remain to the members of this ruined and completely demolished state, but to give themselves up for ever to be grasped by the sacrilegious hand of an ambitious despot. Is my country then doomed to that excess of shame and of suffering? No l-It is at least certain that a very great majority of the National Convention wishes to confirm the Republieart government by a wise and popular Constitution; that Paris, whose inhabitants defire the reign of justice and the laws, will not long suffer itself to be tyrannised over by such an handful of...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888456
  • 9781236888457