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Love in the Time of RevolutionTransatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818$
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Andrew Cayton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607504

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607511_Cayton

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“I Wish to Be Necessary to You”

“I Wish to Be Necessary to You”

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Love in the Time of Revolution

Andrew Cayton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Jacques-Pierre Brissot de Warville and how he and his allies were in serious trouble by the end of May 1793. Neither eloquence nor equivocation could save them from the growing wrath of the Montagnards in the National Convention. Skeptical colleagues and distrustful Parisians transformed Brissot's ambivalence about the execution of Louis XVI, his disastrous handling of the general war with Europe, his farcical efforts to incite unrest in French colonies, and his vague support for federalism into evidence of treason. Increasingly marginalized, Brissot fled the capital before a warrant was issued for his arrest on June 2. Several days later, he was captured in Moulins, returned to Paris, and imprisoned in the Concierge, where he spent the next few months writing furiously in his own defense.

Keywords:   Jacques-Pierre Brissot de Warville, general war, arrest, Montagnards, National Convention

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