33l Governor, and Receiver of the Rents. The people, however, rc- garded this gentleman in a very difFereait light, and looked upon him as the betrayer and tlellrt-dver of‘ his country, and that thelie rewards tvere the wages of his infamy.

Upon his return, after lio long an ablence, to Neufchztttel, where he was to be inllalled in his new dignities, he came in company with M. Derfchau, the King's Minilter, and utifortunately, whe- ther from an eagernels to fee his family, or from vanity, reliulicd that gentlemarfs invitation to go to the calile. Upon his entering the town, he found the lireets filled with people of all ranks and ages, who received him with uni- verlal hiliing, reviling, and excla- mation; and the crowds were f0

"reat, that he was obliged to quit his coach at fotne diltance from his houfe, and pals through theni on foot. His enemies, who ini- clnded all his fellow-citizens, fay, that he entered the town with all the parade and air of triumph; that, to difplay it the more, he quitted his coach, and palled tnrough them, lhetving every livel- ling marl; of felt-importance and dignity. It is to be remembered, that the fpectators were not difpofed to fee any of his actions in a favour- able light. ~ His houfe was firlt befieged by a great number of boys, who re- viled him with all manner of inju. rious appellations. He attempted to difperfe them by threats, when one of them {poke to him in the following remarkable terms: You are the chief caufe of our fathers being compelled by force to yield up their privileges, the lofs of


which will fall hcavielt upon us; our revenge is jull, and we are refolved to exert all our powers to recover our liberty, which we will begin to do by extirpating you.’

This extraordinary liege lalied about thirty hours; the boys were foon joined by crowds of men and women. M. Derfchati having ap- plied tc the magilirates, they de- puted one of their body ‘to defire the people to difperfe; but they were anfivered, that as they had let the right on‘ police be taken from them, they had no autho- rity ncw. A free company of gre- naciiers belonging to the city was orderc-d- under arms; they took their arms, but would‘ neither act againlt their Country, nor protect the perfon whom they looked upon as its enemy. The Prufiian ac- count fays, that the grenadiers fired feveral ihots into the houfe at the unhappy Advocate.

The next day M. Derfchau of- fered to fend him out of the coun- try, with a promife that he lhould never return, and fent a coach for that purpofe; but this was refuli- ed, and the coach, though it was attended by the King"s‘livery, was turned upfide down ‘in the llreet. No expectation of help being now left, and all hopes at an end, the lady of the unfortunate Sieur Gaudot defired leave to quit the houfe, which was immedi- ately granted, and the departed without the lealt infult. The fecond night the people broke in- to every part of the houfc, and at length dilcovered the room where the unhappy man and his nephew had barricaded themfelves. The Sieur Gaudot lhot the firfi who broke in, dead, and wounded two