Clearly it was time to safeguard what remained; and that could best be done under Talleyrand's shield of legitimacy.
Talleyrand's reputation for immorality, however, was as marked as that of Mirabeau.
After Talleyrand's return to Paris early in July (probably in order to sound the situation there) matters went from bad to worse.
The investigations of the most recent of Talleyrand's biographers tend to show that the charges made against him of trafficking with the envoys have been overdrawn; but all his apologists admit that irregularities occurred.
Talleyrand's share in the actual events of the 18th, 19th Brumaire (9th, 10th of November) 1799 was limited to certain dealings with Barras on the former of those days.
Everything was brought into a state of uncertainty once more by the escape of Napoleon from Elba; but the events of the Hundred Days, in which Talleyrand had no share - he remained at Vienna until the Toth of June - brought in the Bourbons once more; and Talleyrand's plea for a magnanimous treatment of France under Louis XVIII.
Under all the inconsistencies of Talleyrand's career there lies an aim as steadily consistent as that which inspired his contemporary, Lafayette.
They were not to be published until after the lapse of thirty years from the time of Talleyrand's death.
It was Talleyrand's opportunity.
X., Talleyrand's Memoirs, vols.
He was saved from exile by Talleyrand's influence, but was placed under police surveillance.
He remained intimately associated with Talleyrand's policy, and was, for a short time in 1831, ambassador at Berlin.