Carnot, the ablest administrator, but not the strongest man, soon joined Barthelemy in opposing their Jacobinical colleagues - Barras, Rewbell and Larevelliere - Lepeaux.
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 and Rewbell were notoriously corrupt themselves and screened corruption in others.
Barras, Rewbell and La Revelliere-Lepeaux then sought help from the armies.
A little later Rewbell retired.
JEAN FRANCCOIS REWBELL (1747-1807), French politician, was born at Colmar (then in the department of Haut-Rhin) on the 8th of October 1747.