William Godwin's Diary


Jacques René Hébert (1757-94) was editor of the radical newspaper Le Père Duchesne. Georges Jacques Danton (1759-94) was a former president of the Corderiers club and became minister of justice after the storming of the Tuileries. He joined the National Convention in September 1792 and was an original member of the Committee of Public Safety.

Hébert and Danton were executed at the instigation of Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety for fear that they threatened the cohesion of the government, the former and his followers for their excesses and the latter for his perceived moderation.

See Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (London: Penguin, 2004), pp. 688-94.