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[3] Aubertin, 345.  Letter to the Comte de St. Germain (during the Seven Years War).  “The soldier’s hardships make one’s heart bleed; he passes his days in a state of abject misery, despised and living like a chained dog to be used for combat.”

[4] De Tocqueville, 190, 191.

[5] Archives nationales, H, 1591.

[6] De Rochambeau, “Mémoires,” I. 427. — D’Argenson, December 24, 1752. “30,000 men have been punished for desertion since the peace of 1748; this extensive desertion is attributed to the new drill which fatigues and disheartens the soldier, and especially the veterans.” — Voltaire, “Dict.  Phil.,” article “Punishments.”  “I was amazed one day on seeing the list of deserters, for eight years amounting to 60,000.”

[7] Archives nationales, H, 554. (Letter of M. de Bertrand, intendant of Rennes, August 17, 1785).

[8] Mercier, XI, 121.

[9] Now we know better.  The most healthy bread is the one in which some bran is left, such bran is not only good for the digestion but contains vitamins and minerals as well. (Sr).

[10] De Vaublanc, 149.

[11] De Ségur, I, 20 (1767).

[12] Augeard, “Mémoires,” 165.

[13] Horace Walpole, September 5, 1789.

[14] Laboulaye, “De l’Administration française sous Louis XVI.”  (Revue des Cours littéraires, IV, 743). — Albert Babeau, I, 111.  (Doléances et veux des corporations de Troyes).

[15] De Tocqueville, 158.

[16] Ibid. 304. (The words of Burke.)

[17] Travels in France, I. 240, 263.

[18] What an impression this view must have made on Lenin who sought, between 1906 and 1909 in Paris, the means and ways with which to re-create the French revolution in Russia. (Sr.)

[19] Beugnot, I. 115, 116.

[20] Archives nationales, procès-verbaux and cahiers of the States-General, vol.  XIII, p. 405. (Letter of the Marquis de Fodoas, commandant of Armagnac, to M. Necker, may 29, 1789.)

[21] Ibid.  Vol.  CL, p. 174. ( Letter from the intendant of Tours of March 25, 1789.)

[22] “Lenin deviated from Marx not in preaching the necessity for violent proletarian revolution, but by advocating the creation of an elite party of professional revolutionaries to hasten this end, and by arguing for the dictatorship of this party rather than the working class as a whole.”  The Guinness Encyclopedia page 269. (Sr.)

[23] Archives nationales, H, 784. (Letters of M. de Langeron, military commandant at Besançon, October 16 and 18, 1789).  The consultation is annexed.

[24] Arthur Young, I, 344.


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