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[294] flag was raised at every post in the city. On the
Chap. XLI.} 1769. Aug.
twentieth, Aubry made a full report of the events of the revolution, and named the chiefs in the enterprise.1 ‘It was not easy to arrest them,’ wrote O'Reilly; ‘but I contrived to cheat their vigilance.’ On the twenty-first he received at his home the principal inhabitants; and he invited the people's syndics, one by one, to pass into his private apartment. The invitation was regarded as a special honor, till finding themselves all assembled and alone, they showed signs of anxiety. ‘For me,’ says O'Reilly, ‘I now had none for the success of my plan.’ Entering his cabinet with Aubry and three Spanish civil officers, he spoke to those who were thus caught in his toils:

‘Gentlemen, the Spanish nation is venerated throughout the Globe. Louisiana is then the only country in the universe, where it fails to meet with the respect which is its due. His Catholic Majesty is greatly provoked at the violence to his Governor, and at the publications outraging his government and the Spanish nation. You are charged with being the chiefs of this revolt; I arrest you in his name.’ The accused were conducted with ostentation from O'Reilly's presence to separate places of confinement; Villere was conveyed on board the frigate that lay at the levee. It is the tradition, that his wife vainly entreated admission to him; that Villere, hearing her voice, demanded to see her; became frantic with love, anger and grief, struggled with his guard, and fell dead from passion or from their bayonets.2

1 Aubry to O'Reilly, 20 August. O'Reilly to Grimaldi, 31 August, 1769.

2 Martin's

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