After the third Estate pamphlet, Sieyes had major influence
on his fellow French men. He suggested that the National Assembly reunite under the Third Estate and strongly disapproved
of the confiscation of Church lands. Sieyes was then elected fortnightly president of the Constitution Assembly. When Sieyes
took up this post he was excluded from the Legislative Assembly. After this Sieyes disengaged from the political scene only
to reappear to vote for the death of King Louis XVI. Sieyes did not dislike the King or the monarchy itself, however, he did
dislike the uncontrolled power of the monarch. He felt that the monarch’s power should be controlled by a constitution
of the government. After the King’s execution, Sieyes once again disengaged from politics, enabling him to simply live
through the Rein of Terror. After the Reign of Terror, Abbe Sieyes decided to go on a diplomatic mission. This mission sent
him to The Hague. He helped draw up a treaty between the French and Batavian republics. After this The Directory offered him
the position of Director of the Republic, however, he promptly declined the offer because he vehemently resented the constitution
of 1795. Three years later Sieyes went to the court of Berlin in attempt to persuade Prussia to ally with France against,
he was nevertheless offered Director of France. He diligently accepted on
May 9, 1799 at the age of 51.
Although he accepted this position he plotted to overthrow
the Directory. He attempted to undermine the constitution without immediate success. With the success of the Napoleon Bonaparte
campaign, Sieyes stopped plotting ways to overthrow the Directory. Sieyes completed the French Constitution only to have it
completely revised by Napoleon. The new copy was named the Constitution of the Year VII, which became the foundation
of the French Constitution. Sieyes essentially defended Napoleon in arbitrary and illegal acts that allowed Bonaparte to rid
himself of any "leading Jacobins".
After this Abbe Sieyes went into retirement with no intent
on returning to the political scene. Sieyes was restless and his retirement did not last long. Sieyes soon became the first
senator of France. Eventually Sieyes achieved a quiet retirement. He then left France only to return after the July Revolution
in 1830. Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes lived six more years and then quietly died in 1836 at the old age of 88.
appears to play a quiet role in the French Revolution. He subtly and effectively helped change the government and overthrow
the monarchs. He was a subdued man that appeared to lack confidence to share his views with conviction. However, Sieyes was
a brilliant political thinker. He successfully created two organizations that helped constitute France.