"Though Ferdinand and Maria Carolina had encouraged many wise reforms during the last thirty years, it would be strange to expect them to promote reforms wich threathened their ultimate existence - strange to us, but not to Lomonaco, Cuoco, Arrighi, Colletta and their parrot successors. According to these, it was selfish and unreasonable of the King and Queen not to have appreciated the French Jacobins and afforded every facility to those who wished to emulate them in Naples. But the majority of the population had a horror of revolutionary ideas and refused to be 'enlightened'. Perhaps they realized instinctively that the French Revolution could effect no foundamental change in human nature."
"On the 20th [of December, 1798] another large mob gathered before the palace, shouting for arms to defend the King and themselves, and for permission to kill the Jacobins and the French. The spectacle of such mass excitement was far from reassuring to the Royal Family, who began to regard their palace as a prison. Next morning the Royal Messenger Ferreri was mistaken for a French spy and dragged under the King's balcony where he was butchered by the mob, howling "Death to the Jacobin!" The King was horrified to recognize this innocent victim, whose bleeding corpse was held up to him as a proof of his people's loyalty. Republican writers allege that the Queen and Acton had instigated this atrocity, first to get rid of an accomplice who might betray secrets, and secondly to persuade the King to leave. This is mere party journalism, but the incident would have unnerved a braver man than Ferdinand."...Continua