By Marc-Antoine Jullien
For this publication R. R. Palmer has translated decisions from the considerable writings of the flexible French political determine and author Marc-Antoine Jullien, weaving them along with his personal wide remark into an soaking up narrative of Jullien's lifestyles and instances. Jullien's hopes and fears for the "progress of humanity" have been general of some of the French bourgeoisie during this turbulent interval. His existence coincided with the complete period of revolution in Europe and the Americas from 1775 to 1848: he was once born within the yr whilst armed uprising opposed to Britain started in the US, he witnessed the autumn of the Bastille as a schoolboy in Paris, joined the Jacobin membership, took half within the Reign of Terror, endorsed democracy, positioned his hopes in Napoleon Bonaparte, became opposed to him, after which welcomed his go back from Elba. lower than the restored Bourbons, he turned an outspoken liberal, had a good time within the revolution of 1830, had doubts concerning the July monarchy, welcomed the revolution of 1848, and died a number of weeks sooner than the election of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte as president of the second one Republic.
Drawn from books, pamphlets, stories, letters, e-book stories, journal articles, poems, and personal notes and memoranda, Jullien's reviews are supplemented right here by means of letters that his mom wrote throughout the early years of the French Revolution and through articles via Jullien's collaborators within the Revue Encyclopédique. In Palmer's expert arms, those chosen fabrics from a now forgotten existence vividly painting France's transition from progressive republicanism and the fear in the course of the Napoleonic years to the extra placid liberalism of the 19th century.
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The Commune has called for such sacrifices, and made enemies among false or feeble friends of humanity. I appeal to you, Roland and Servan, because I know that you have honest hearts. . The salvation of twenty-five million is at stake, and perhaps the happiness of the world. But patriots form factions to fight each other, and so divide a party which with all its combined strength is hardly enough to overthrow the hydra of counterrevolution. Among a strong and virtuous people Robespierre and Brissot would have sacrificed their private differences and embraced the general interest.
The patriots who bring you this will tell the rest. On the next day, Jullien wrote to the Committee, informing it of his letters to Barère and Robespierre which he had asked them to communicate to the Committee. On 8 February it recalled Carrier. On the same day it wrote to Prieur of the Marne, ordering him again to proceed to Nantes and take charge of the matters there. The Committee added: “To conclude with what concerns Carrier, you will learn with surprise that he has abused Jullien, our agent, whose mild manner and republican energy are well known to you.
The dark plots that are discovered everywhere throw a frightful light, with positive evidence, on the fate that was awaiting the patriots. It was kill or be killed! An atrocious necessity, the appalling work of our enemies. Heads cut off, priests massacred. . ” If the people. . Oh, the unhappy people. . be careful not to malign them! . Here is a detail that I heard from six masons returning from their work. A battalion of the populace, seeing the imminent danger of our being attacked by malefactors from all the prisons, in consequence of some plot or the approach of the Prussians, got some judges to go with them, and all visited each prison in turn.