William Godwin's Diary


Jean-Charles Pichegru (1761-1804) was a general of Revolutionary France. However, he had been in contact with Louis XVIII plotting a restoration of limited monarchy but his plans were suspected and he resigned in disgrace. He was elected to the Directory's Council of Five Hundred in 1797, leading the Royalost faction. He then planned a coup d'état - known as the coup of the 18 Fructidor - and he was arrested, with over fifty others, by the more Jacobin-minded of the French Directory. He was deported to French Guiana but escaped to London in 1798.

See William Doyle, The Oxford History of the French Revolution, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 329-31.