„The policy of the London Cabinet largely contributed to the first movement of our Revolution.... Taking advantage of political tempests (the cabinet) aimed to effect in an exhausted and dismembered France a change of dynasty and to place the Duke of York on the throne of Louis XVI.... Pitt.... is an imbecile, whatever may be said of a reputation that has been much too greatly puffed up. A man who, abusing the influence acquired by him on an island placed haphazard in the ocean, is desirous of contending with the French people, could not have conceived of such an absurd plan elsewhere than in a madhouse.“

— Maximilien Robespierre, Speech, Nov. 17, 1793 and speech, Jan.26, 1794 in Hippolyte Taine, The French Revolution, Volume 3, Chapter 1: The Psychology of the Jacobin Leaders


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