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4 Thermidor

Barère strove to calm the wounded feelings of his colleagues. Saint-Just complained that his Ventôse policy was not carried out, that four of the six popular commissions authorized in the law of 23 Ventôse had never been set up. Barère persuaded the two committees, sitting jointly on July 22 [4 Thermidor], to create these four commissions, whose function, as with the two already operating, was ostensibly to liberate patriots arrested as suspects, but actually (since only one-eightieth of the suspects examined by the two operating commissions were released) to prepare the cases of suspects for the Revolutionary Tribunal. The laws of Ventôse ordered that the property of condemned suspects be used to indemnify poor patriots. Some therefore see in the creation of the new commissions a concession to Robespierrist demands for reapportionment of property. The significance of the Ventôse program has already been discussed. Saint-Just, as we have seen, had apparently modified his views since Ventôse, believing now that not property, but farms, should be divided. The Robespierrists, when they fell, were not committed to a sweeping program of economic equalization. They were in fact less radical toward both property and religion than Collot, Billaud, or Fouché.


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