Brissot de Warville: A Study in the History of the French Revolution

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Houghton Mifflin, 1915 - France - 528 pages
 

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Page 53 - They all tell me that if in my writings I mention neither the government, nor public worship, nor politics, nor morals, nor people in office, nor influential corporations, nor the opera, nor the other theatres, nor anyone who have aught to do with anything, I may print everything freely, subject to the approval of two or three censors.
Page 96 - The organization of the city was a chaos of competing authorities, a tangle of obsolete privileges, and a nest of scandalous abuses. Anomalous courts jostled and scrambled for jurisdiction; ancient guilds and corporations blocked every reform; atrocious injustice and inveterate corruption reigned high-handed in the name of king, noble, or church.
Page 182 - The air of England has long been too pure for a slave, and every man is free who breathes it. Every man who comes into England is entitled to the protection of English law, whatever oppression he may heretofore have suffered, and whatever may be the color of his skin. 'Quamvis ille niger, quamvis tu candidus esses.'
Page 182 - to consider what step they should take for the relief and liberation of the negro slaves in the West Indies, and for the discouragement of the slave-trade on the coast of Africa.
Page 495 - The history of the Brissotins; or, Part of the secret history of the revolution; and of the first six months of the republic, in answer to Brissot's address to his constituents ... Translated from the French ... London, J.
Page 80 - Washington superintends the whole, and joins to the qualities of an excellent housewife that simple dignity which ought to characterize a woman whose husband has acted the greatest part on the theatre of human affairs, while she possesses that amenity, and manifests that attention to strangers which render hospitality so charming.
Page 429 - a man of plain and modest appearance. His habits, contrary to those of his countrymen in general, were domestic. In his own family he set an amiable example as a husband and father ; on all occasions he was a faithful friend. He was particularly watchful over his private conduct. From the simplicity of his appearance and the severity of his morals he was called the Quaker in all the circles I frequented.
Page 80 - The General came home in the evening, fatigued with having been to lay out a new road in some part of his plantations. You have often heard him compared to Cincinnatus : the comparison is doubtless just. This celebrated General is nothing more at present than a good farmer, constantly occupied in the care of his farm and the improvement of cultivation.
Page 76 - These carriages have another advantage : they keep up the idea of equality. The member of congress is placed by the side of the shoemaker who elected him ; they fraternize together, and converse with familiarity. You see no person here taking upon himself those important airs, which you too often meet with in France. In that country a man of...

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