The Ancient Regime eBook

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[35] Archives nationales, H, 426. (Remonstrances, Feb. 1783). — H, 554. (Letter of M. de Bertrand, Aug. 17, 1785).

[36] Archives nationales, H, 614 (Mémoire by René de Hauteville, parliamentary advocate, Saint-Brieuc, Dec. 25, 1776.)

[37] “Process-verbaux de l’ass.  Prov. de Soissonnais” (1787) p. 457.

[38] Archives nationales, H, 616 (A letter of M. De Boves, intendant of Rennes, April 23, 1774).

[39] Périn, “La Jeunesse de Robespierre,” 301. (Doléances des parroisses rurales en 1789).

[40] Hippeau, “Le Gouvern. de Normandie,” VII. 147-177 (1789). — Boivin-Champeaux, “Notice hist. sur la Révolution dans le département de l’Eure,” p. 83 (1789).

[41] Théron de Montaugé, p. 87. (Letter of the prior of the convent, March, 1789).

[42] “Procès-verbaux de l’Ass. prov. de Lyonnais,” p.57. — Archives nationales, F4, 2073.  Memorandum of Jan. 24, 1788.  “Charitable assistance is very limited, the provincial authorities providing no resources for such accidents.”

[43] Levasseur, “La France industrielle,” 119. — In 1862, the population being almost triple (1 696 000) there are but 90 000 paupers.

[44] Albert Babeau, “Hist. de Troyes,” I. 91. (Letter of the mayor Huez, July 30, 1788).

[45] Floquet, VII, 506.

[46] Archives nationales, H, 1453. (Letter of M. de Sainte-Suzanne, April 29, 1789).

[47] Arthur Young, I. 256.

[48] “Correspond. secrèt inédite,” from 1777 to 1792, published by M. de Lescure, II. 351 (May 8, 1789).  Cf.  C. Desmoulins, “La Lanterne,” of 100 rioters arrested at Lyons 96 were branded.

[49] De Bezenval, II. 344, 350. — Dussault, “La Prise de la Bastille,” 352. — Marmontel, II, ch.  XIV, 249. —­Mme. Vigée-Lebrun, I. 177, 188.

[50] Mercier, I. 32; VI. 15; X. 179; XI. 59; XII. 83. — Arthur Young, I. 122.

[51] In the original, pain de Gonesse, — bread, made in a village of this name near Paris, and renowned for its whiteness. — Tr.

[52] “Dialogues sur le commerce des blés,” by Galiani (1770).  “If the strong of the markets are content, no misfortune will happen to the administration.  The great conspire and rebel; the bourgeois murmurs and lives a celibate; peasants and artisans despair and go away; porters get up riots.”

CHAPTER IV.  The Armed Forces.


Military force declines. — How the army is recruited. — How the soldier is treated.

Against universal sedition where is force? — The measures and dispositions which govern the 150,000 men who maintain order are the same as those ruling the 26 millions people subject to it.  We find here the same abuses, disaffection, and other causes for the dissolution of the nation which, in their turn, will dissolve the army.

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