The rupture had not yet been made evident between the Girondist party and that section still more extreme, that of the Mountain.
JACQUES PIERRE BRISSOT (1754-1793), who assumed the name of DE Warville, a celebrated French Girondist, was born at Chartres, where his father was an inn-keeper, in January 1754.
The hostility of Paris to the Girondists received a fateful advertisement by the election, on the 15th of February 1793, of the ex-Girondist Jean NicolasPache (1746-1823) to the mayoralty.
Pache had twice been minister of war in the Girondist government; but his incompetence had laid him open to strong criticism, and on the 4th of February he had been superseded by a vote of the Convention.
The list drawn up by Hanriot, and endorsed by a decree of the intimidated Convention, included twenty-two Girondist deputies and ten members of the Commission of Twelve, who were ordered to be detained at their lodgings "under the safeguard of the people."
On the 3rd of October of the same year (11 Vendemiaire, year III.) a solemn fete in honour of the Girondist "martyrs of liberty" was celebrated in the Convention.
Guadet, a nephew of the Girondist orator, which was followed by his Les Girondins, leur vie privee, leur vie publique, leur proscription et leur mort (2 vols., Paris, 1861, new ed.
P. Brissot, whom he had met in London, he became minister of finance in the Girondist ministry, from March to the 12th of June 1792.
At the opening of the Convention the Montagnard group comprised men of very diverse shades of opinion, and such cohesion as it subsequently acquired was due rather to the opposition of its leaders to the Girondist leaders than to any fundamental hostility between the two groups.
Then, through the Girondist minister Lebrun-Tondu, he entered the diplomatic service, went in May, 1792, as secretary of legation to Naples and was shortly afterwards sent, without official status, to Rome.
In 17 9 3 the city was the focus of the Girondist movement against the Convention.
They were of absorbing interest to Paris, to France and to Europe; and upon them the Girondist leader at last, on the 31st of December 1792, broke silence, delivering one of his greatest orations, probably one of the greatest combinations of sound reasoning, sagacity and eloquence which has ever been displayed in the annals of French politics.
The action of the great Girondist was and will always remain inscrutable, but it was followed by a similar verdict from nearly the whole party which he led.