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What is the meaning of "whereunto" here?

Dionysius the elder, after having, by a tedious siege and elty of Dionysius through exceeding great difficulties, taken the city of Reggio, the Tyrant. and in it the governor Phyton, a very gallant man, who had made so obstinate a defence, was resolved to make him a tragical example of his revenge: in order whereunto he first told him, “That he had the day before caused his son and all his kindred to be drowned.” To which Phyton returned no other answer but this : " That they were then by one day happier than he,”…

From “The Essays of Montaigne”

It does not make sense to me if it means "to which".

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  • Work out what the antecedent of whereunto/"to which" is, and then substitute it in. It should fall into place, something like "in order to make him a tragical example of his revenge he first told him..."
    – Stuart F
    Oct 16, 2021 at 22:17
  • Can you Post a real example, citing the source? Oct 17, 2021 at 21:19

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