Travels During the Years 1787, 1788 and 1789: Undertaken More Particularly with a View of Ascertaining the Cultivation, Wealth, Resources, and National Prosperity, of the Kingdom of France; to which is Added, the Register of a Tour Into Spain, Volume 2

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R. Cross, P. Wogan, L. White, P. Byrne, A. Grueber, J. Moore, J. Jones, W. Jones, W. McKenzie, and J. Rice, 1793 - 4 pages

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Page 507 - It is impossible to justify the excesses of the people on their taking up arms ; they were certainly guilty of cruelties ; it is idle to deny the facts, for they have been proved too clearly to admit of a doubt. But is it really the people to •whom we are to impute the whole ? — Or to their oppressors who had kept them so long in a state of bondage ? He who chooses to be served by slaves...
Page 505 - ... confessed there was no such thing to be looked for. The conduct of the parliaments was profligate and atrocious. Upon almost every cause that came before them interest was openly made with the judges : and woe betided the man who, with a cause to support, had no means of conciliating favour, either by the beauty of a handsome wife or by other methods.
Page 496 - But, without recurring to such cases, what must have been the state of the poor people paying heavy taxes, from which the nobility and clergy were exempted? A cruel aggravation of their misery, to see those who could best afford to pay, exempted because able!
Page 503 - In passing through many of the French provinces, I was struck with the various and heavy complaints of the farmers and little proprietors of the feudal grievances, with the weight of which their industry was burthened ; but I could not then conceive the multiplicity of the shackles which kept them poor and depressed.
Page 121 - He gets three crops of barley, tares, or beans, which produce nearly twice as many bumels per acre, as what the three French crops of fpring corn produce. And he farther gets, at the fame time, three crops of turnips and two of clover, the turnips worth 403.
Page 494 - They were certainly carried to an excess hardly credible ; to the length of being sold, with blanks, to be filled up with names at the pleasure of the purchaser ; who was thus able, in the gratification of private revenge, to tear a man from the bosom of his family, and bury him in a dungeon, where he would exist forgotten, and die unknown...
Page 235 - ... and fairly ; for a farmer being taxed in proportion to his profit — his success, his merit — what surer method can be taken for annihilating the one and the other ? The farmers are really poor, or apparently poor, since a rich man will affect poverty to escape the rise of the tax, which professes to be in proportion to his power of bearing it ; hence poor cattle, poor implements, and poor dunghills, even on the farms of men who could afford the best. What a ruinous...
Page 21 - England in the circumllance xof foil. The proportion of poor land in England, to the total of the kingdom, is greater than the fimilar proportion in France; nor have they any where fuch tracks of wretched blowing fand as are to be met with in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Page 505 - There was alfo a circumftance in the conftitution of thefe parliaments, but little known in England, and which, under fuch a government as that of France, muft be confidered as very fingular. They had the power, and were in the...
Page 439 - ... of France, that the culture of hemp or flax, for home ufes, pervades every part of the kingdom. It is a curious queftion how far this is beneficial or not to the general interefts of the national profperity. On the one hand, in favour of this fyftem it may be urged, that national profperity being nothing more than the united profperity of...

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