British support for the French Revolution

Posted on 13th October 2017 by simonbeattie

Printed in 1792, this is one of the first publications from the newly inaugurated Convention Nationale, the third government of the French Revolution, and in which English, Scottish and Irish citizens, resident in France, voice their support for the revolutionary government.

The revolutionary governance of France had several early incarnations.  Following the two-year National Constituent Assembly and the one-year Legislative Assembly, the Convention Nationale was inaugurated after the insurrection of 10 August 1792, and was the first French government organised as a true republic, in which the monarchy was abandoned altogether, following the provisional suspension of Louis XVI.  The Convention was also the first French assembly elected without distinctions of class; all Frenchmen twenty-five years old or more, domiciled for a year and living by the product of their labour were eligible to participate.

This egalitarian spirit is vocally supported in this little work, a propagandist pamphlet which publishes other nationalities’ support of the revolution: ‘Les Citoyens Brittaniques & Irlandois, actuellement à Paris, animés du sentiment de la liberté que vos principes ont communiqué à la République française, se sont réunis Dimanche 18 Novembre, pour célébrer les brillians succès de vos armes …’

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