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Federes in towns such as Uzes and Ners and villages such as Generac and Beauvoisin faced similarly long odds in their attempts to combat royalist sedition. Nevertheless, in predominantly Protestant areas such as the Gardonnenque, federes had the upper hand. Although P. M. 41 In a pessimistic account of public opinion at Montpellier, an Imperial commissaire extraordinaire reported that, whereas at Nimes the government could count upon the loyalty of the one-third of the population that was Protestant and a minority of Catholics, at Montpellier there were few Protestants and all the social classes were royalist.

In the Gard, an especially truculent association was formed at Nimes, and here federes could draw support from neighbouring Protestant communes in their efforts to dominate a population which otherwise was predominantly 37 38 39 40 C. Cauvin, 'Le retour de Pile d'Elbe et les Cent-Jours dans les Basses-Alpes', Bulletin de la societe scientifique et litteraire des Basses-Alpes, 21 {1926-7), pp. 126-7. AG, 1K1 47, Minister of War to the Duke of Albufera and to Marshal Brune, 3 June 1815. F. Tavernier, 'Les Cent-Jours a Marseille', Provence historique, 36 (1959), p.

This version was about to be sent to the printers when 'un des principaux fonctionnaires publics de la ville de Rennes . . nous donna le conseil de parler de Pempereur'. He warned that if silence concerning the Emperor were maintained, Napoleon would shatter the federation 'comme un verre'. He then rewrote the pre-amble to the pact and presented it the next day. 9 All of this gives the definite impression that the Breton federation was hardly a Bonapartist association, and it is not surprising when the author relates an anecdote in which the Emperor is portrayed as having been sorely irritated when first informed of the new association.

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