Public domain books are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history, culture and knowledge that's often difficult to discover. 71* But the author of the^l^ moral cflfeft ; yet 2II his notions were derived from laudable fources, and many of them had an appear- ance of reftitude and propriety. But a ftronger proof arifcg from the opmion on this bufmefs, which he, like k Conjuration ^79^• tion for this very declaration ". It is faid, on the other fide, that the man who murdered him, uttered a few hafty reproaches, and then perpetrated the deed; that St. The Briflbtines laboured fo prove, that the world was made for the wife j Marat perfuaded them that it was made for the foor» It is true, that at this period he was in the pay of Orleans, but with his total want of honour, principle, and veracity, it is very improbable that a tie fo weak as gratitude fhoxild bind him to a man he defpifed.
Public domain books belong to the public and we are merely their custodians. His father was St judge, and filled that oi Ece with remarkable feve- rity. 34.7« ' Madame Jloland ca Ht him «a poor rich man,** hoamtfii Uett r Uy. Six perfons came from an ad- joining apartment, and one of them faid, " There is ♦* that fcoundrel Lepelletier.** — " My name is Le^. No men- tion was made of it in the firft report of the affair to the convention, and the fidtion was obvioufly calcu- lated to anfwer two views ; to counterad: the im- preffion of the lad wc^ds of the monarch, and to excite fufpidons of the Briflbtines, by the hope they contain, tha( the death of the fp^er would unmq/k the enemies of the republic. EPELLETIER; ^ Fargeau* If he had not fallen^ I would have done ^ a more praife-worthy a£tion, I would have purged ** the country of the regicide, the patricide, the par- ** ricide, Orleans. His publications became more atrocious and fan* guinary j he made no fcruple to recommend the de- uruftion of three hundred thoufand perfons, as j JMay ariftocrats".
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He was the avowed contemner and fcourge of the Briffotines, the unceafing opponent of Roland, whom he ftig- madzed in his journals, placards, and fpeedies in the convention, as well as at the Jacobin club, as the enemy of the republic,^ as a tyrant, who iffued arbi- trary kttres de cachet^ and as a public peculator ai^L defaulter'.
This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. From the diffolution of the conftituent al Tembly, ^"^J^'"^"*^ he remained in obfcurity; he made no figure at 'hcieglf.*^ the Jacobin club, and I find no trace of him in any lativcif- pub Hc tranfaftion, except an addrefe, which, as pre- ^^^^^ 'Jc- iident of the department of Yonne, he prefented to cember the legiflative ai Tembly, on the fubje£l of the war, »79«« and which was ordered to be printed, and procured him the honors of the fitting ^ / He was returned to the national convention for Member pf the department of Yonne, but was as little diftin- ^^^ ^? In fupport of this affertion, Briflbt fays, that Lepelletier, at the committee of legiflation, in the prefence of twenty witneffes, defended the propriety of an appeal to the people, and faid, if the appeal was not carried, it would be moft advifable to vote for the imprifon- ment of the king '. Their attempt had a fiiccefs proportioned to its fagacity ; to read their writings, to hear their fpeeches, they feemed to pof- fcfe a U the wifdom, all the virtue, all the difmte- reftednefs of thofe fages and heroes of antiquity, whom they affefted to regard as models ; but to infpefl thar web of flimfy, though pernicious, in- trigues, to hear of their treacheries, their jealoufies, their want of mutual confidence, and their foli- citude to fecure a fhare of power by the moft flagi- tious means, it became obvious that they had no real virtue, wifdom, difintereftednefs, or patriotifm, but that the fentiments analogous to thofe qualities, with which a laboured eloquence fupplied their fpeeches aiid writings, proceeded merely from the, head, while the heart remained cold, malignant, and felfifh.
It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. ^' k See tbe Debates of the Conftituent Affembly, from the %^d of May 1791 to its di Ablution ) and for the M h St, Anecdotee du Rcjgrne de Louii XVI* vol* vi. But I do not confider it at all certain, that he ever intended to Ihew any mercy to the imprifoned fovereign, or to vote otherwife than as the faftion to whom he had attached himfelf *7^» No- fhould direft. ' Briflbt, he brought up an addrefs from the friends of the republic at Auxerre, in which were thefe cx- prefljons : *' Nations wait with anxiety for the fen- *' tence you are about to pafs on Louis XVI. The mob adored them for a Ihort period, then defpifed, detefted, and facrificed them, ftfarat, on the other hand, did not make an af- feded difplay of wifdom, virtue, or fententioufnefs ; to gain the populace, he adapted himfelf to their tafte, and fucceeded to the utmoft extent of hi^ wiuies.