The journal of a spy in Paris during the reign of terror, January-July, 1794 by C. R. L. Fletcher

The journal of a spy in Paris 

The journal of a spy in Paris during the reign of terror,

Reign of Terror: A period of violence during the French Revolution incited by conflict between two rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of “the enemies of the revolution.” The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands, with 16,594 executed by guillotine and another

The following fragment appears to be part of the journal of an English spy in Paris, kept during the terrible months of January to July 1794. " Raoul Hesdin," the name is written upon the brown paper, the cover of the book is apparently a mere blind. So is the title, Quelques Observations Sur les Industries, etc.

No such person as " Hesdin " can be traced among the employees of the French Government at the time, but there was an enormous number of persons serving the Committee of Public Safety in various capacities whom it would be how equally impossible to identify. Internal evidence may, indeed, supply many suggestions as to what kind of man he was, and as to his course of life, both in Paris and previously. He appears to have been trained as a wood-engraver in France in his youth, to have been at one time in North America, and possibly also in Germany; to have been thoroughly familiar with Paris under the ancient regime; to have been present at many of the earlier scenes of the Revolution, especially in 1789 and 1790 — he may even have seen and spoken with Arthur Young on his famous tour in the former year — and to have returned to Paris late in the year 1793, but whether from England or America seems doubtful.

 Publication Date: 1896

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