Rapport sur les crimes de l'Angleterre envers le peuple français, & sur ses attentats contre la liberté des nations. Fait au nom du Comité de Salut Public dans la séance du 7 Prairial an II (26 Mai 1794). (Drop-head title).

BARERE (DE VIEUZAC, B.)

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(Paris), De l'Imprimerie nationale, (1794). 36 pp. 8vo. Modern half morocco. Martin & Walter 1656. First edition. This report includes a project for a decree of one article only: 'Il ne sera fait aucun prisonnier anglais ou hanovrien.' Reference is made to the atrocities of the English to the nations among which the American people are mentioned.Barere here elaborates "in detail about the English in one of the longest and most popular of all his anti-British harangues …. Picking up the press campaign in London against Robespierre, he pinned responsibility upon "perfidious Pitt" for the accusations that Robespierre was seeking to establish a dictatorship. After itemizing the many crimes of England against mankind, he catalogued its specific crimes against the French people and concluded that the time had come to give up a futile distinction between a vile government and its deluded subjects (….) The Convention should decree, he moved, that "French soldiers would take no English or Hanoverian prisoners [for] only the dead did not return." There was delirious applause in the Convention for this councel of blood …. (Leo Gershoy, Bertrand Barere. A Reluctant Terrorist, pp. 240-1).'Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac, held legal office at Tarbes, prosperous, eloquent, ingratiating manners and literary taste, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly in 1789, moved steadily to the left, gained influence in the Convention as a local orator. Member of the Committee of Public Safety. He was arrested after the riots of 12 Germinal (1 April 1795) when the new majority in the Convention decided to dispose of the alledged suporters of the riot: Collot d'Herbois, Billaud-Varenne and Barère. Barère survived and died a poor pensioner of Louis-Philippe. When David, in 1832, went to see the aged Barère, to discuss the plan of portraying the great men of the Revolution, the old revolutionary sat up and declared: 'Do not forget Robespierre!' He was a man of pure integrity, a true republican' (Cobban, A., A History of Modern France, vol. I). In 1789 he brought out the first issue of his 'Point du Jour', one of the best and most nearly impartial of the newspapers of the day; it continued to appear until the end of the Constituent Assembly. Barère was a man of great charm, and he quickly made a place for himself in Parisian society. He was one of the circle surrounding the duke of Orléans. He joined, but rarely attended, the Jacobins, the more conservative 'Society de 1789', and the Abbé Fauchet's masonic 'Société des Amis de la Vérité'. He supported Robespierre's proposal that free Negro proprietors become citizens, as well as political rights for Jews and Protestants. It was due largely to Barère's efforts and those of Danton that the Committee of Public Safety was created, and he was the first to be elected to it. He later served the committee above all as its principal rapporteur.- In the lower blank margin of the first page handwritten "Alexander Hamilton, Philadelphia". The handwriting is certainly not Hamilton's so this is either a presentation from the author or the writing of someone who wanted to send it to Hamilton. This either was Hamilton's personal copy or at least it was intended to be Hamilton's personal copy. The irony is that the person sending it probably did not realize that Hamilton was becoming increasingly pro-British, anti-French in the early 1790s and probably would not have agreed with the writer. A good association item, from a history point of view just as interesting as if it had Hamilton's own autograph on it. N° de ref. de la librería

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