To meet the English fleet, the shipwrights at Toulon must prepare a powerful squadron.
But although the investment of Toulon was complete, it was weak.
By keeping watch on Toulon that squadron covered not only the Straits, but also the focal points within the sea.
The Corsicans at Toulon were persons of importance, and had shown their mettle.
Toulon was threatened by the republicans both on the east and west, while on the north Lyons was closely besieged.
All possible forces were brought to the attack, and at last Toulon was taken.
"Comte, I shall set off in two days for Toulon," said M. de Beaufort.
His name was known before in connection with the siege of Toulon.
The soldier was accordingly conveyed to the common prison of Toulon, and was subsequently interrogated by the magistrates.
Some months later he endeavored to make his escape from Toulon, and was shot.