True, the Directory seemed on the point of collapse; it had been overcome by the popularly elected Chambers in the insignificant coup d'etat of 30 Prairial (18th of June) 1799; when Larevelliere-Lepeaux and Merlin were compelled to resign.
The persons chosen were Rewbell, Barras, La Revelliere Lepeaux, Carnot and Letourneur.
Rewbell was an able, although unscrupulous, man of action, Barras a dissolute and shameless adventurer, La Revelliere Lepeaux the chief of a new sect, the Theophilanthropists, and therefore a bitter foe to other religions, especially the Catholic. Severe integrity and memorable public services raised Carnot far above his colleagues, but he was not a statesman and was hampered by his past.
Rewbell, Barras and La Revelliere Lepeaux had a full measure of the Jacobin spirit; Carnot and Letourneur favoured a more temperate policy.
Barras, Rewbell and La Revelliere-Lepeaux then sought help from the armies.
La Revelliere Lepeaux seized the opportunity to propagate his religion.
Merlin of Douai and La RevelHere Lepeaux were driven to resign in June.
For the Directory the memoirs of Barras, of La Revelliere Lepeaux and of Thibaudeau deserve mention.