The Ancient Regime eBook

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[62] De Tocqueville, 385. — “Procès-verbaux de l’ass. prov. de Lyonnais,” p. 56

[63] Archives nationales, H, 1422. (Letters of M. d’Aine, intendant, also of the receiver for the election of Tulle, February 23, 1783).

[64] De Tocqueville, 64, 363.

[65] Archives nationales, H, 612, 614. (Letters of M. de la Bove, September 11, and Dec. 2, 1774; June 28, 1777).

[66] Mercier, II. 62.

[67] “Grievances” of the parish of Aubervilliers.

[68] Archives nationales, G, 300; G, 322 ("Mémoires” on the excise duties).

[69] “Procès-verbaux de l’ass. prov. des Trois-Evêchés p. 442.

[70] Archives nationales, H, 1422 (Letter of the intendant of Moulins, April 1779).

[71] Archives nationales, H. 1312 (Letters of M. D’Antheman procureur-général of the excise court (May 19, 1783), and of the Archbishop of Aix (June 15, 1783).) — Provence produced wheat only sufficient for seven and a half months’ consumption.

[72] Abbreviation for the “cahier des doléances”, in English ‘register of grieviances’, brought with them by the representatives of the people to the great gathering in Paris of the “States-Généraux” in 1789. (Sr.)

[73] The feudal dues may be estimated at a seventh of the net income and the dime also at a seventh.  These are the figures given by the ass. prov. of Haute-Guyenne (Procès-verbaux, p. 47). — Isolated instances, in other provinces, indicate similar results.  The dime ranges from a tenth to the thirteenth of the gross product, and commonly the tenth.  I regard the average as about the fourteenth, and as one-half of the gross product must he deducted for expenses of cultivation, it amounts to one-seventh.  Letrosne says a fifth and even a quarter.

[74] Boivin-Champeaux, 72.

[75] Grievances of the community of Culmon (Election de Langres.)

[76] Boivin-Champeaux, 34, 36, 41, 48. — Périn ("Doléances des paroisses rurales de l’Artuis,” 301, 308). — Archives nationales, procès-verbaux and cahiers of the States-Géneraux, vol.  XVII.  P. 12 (Letter of the inhabitants of Dracy-le Viteux).

[77] Motte:  a mound indicative of Seigniorial dominion; quevaise; the right of forcing a resident to remain on his property under penalty of forfeiture; domaine congéable; property held subject to capricious ejection. (Tr)

[78] Prud’homme, “Résumé des cahiers,” III. passim, and especially from 317 to 340.

CHAPTER III.  INTELLECTUAL STATE OF THE PEOPLE.

I.

Intellectual incapacity. — How ideas are transformed into marvelous stories.

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