Lives of Remarkable Characters Who Have Distinguished Themselves from the Commencerit of the Frenche Revolution to the Present Time, 1

Lives of Remarkable Characters Who Have Distinguished Themselves from the Commencerit of the Frenche Revolution to the Present Time, 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ...sought to carry it farther. He shewed himself to be one of the most inveterate enemies of Louis XVI. at the time of the debates respecting his deposition, and afterwards carried his motion for disbanding the Swiss regiments. When appointed a member of the convention, Brissot remained at the head of thediplomatic committee, in whose name he proposed war with Holland and England. At the time of the trial of Louis XVI. he strove to bring the subject of his condemnation before the people, and afterwards voted for his death, with a reprieve till after the ratification of the constitution by the primary assemblies. However, he saw his party insensibly dwindle amidst the revolutionary torrent. The accusations of the Montagnards against the Brissotins and the Girondins were multiplied, and they in particular upbraided Brissot with his connection with Dumourier, and even with Lafayette. On the 25th of May, Robespierre represented him as occupied in preparing an aristocratical constitution, with two chambers, &c. &c. and then insisted on having him summoned before the revolutionary tribunal. The sections urged with no less vehemence his expulsion from the convention, till at length on the Slst of May the fatal blow was struck. Being with the other leaders of his faction ordered under arrest, he endeavoured to escape to Switzerland as a merchant of Neufchatel, but he was seized at Moulins, and was brought back to Paris, where he arrived on the 23d of June, and was guillotined on the 31st of October. He was 39 years of age, of a middling stature, slightly formed, and pale. He was so passionate an admirer of the Americans, that he had adopted the appearance of a Quaker, and was rather pleased at being taken for one. Amidst the Girondins, Brissot could...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236522818
  • 9781236522818