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Is conjectural in 20 <*A ^Philosophical to attain. But in View of ^Reform both cases abuses were abolished which never since have dared to show their face. There remains in the natural order of human things that the tyranny and perfidy of the reigns of Charles II and James II (for these were less the result of the disposition of particular men than the vices which would have been engendered in any but an extraordinary man by the natural necessities of their situation) perhaps under a milder form and within a shorter period should produce the institution of a Government in France which may bear the same relation to the state of political knowledge existing at the present day, as the Revolution under William III bore to the state of political knowledge existing at that period.

1 1 Its error consists not in the not representing the will it is, but in not providing for the full of the people as *A Philosophical View of ^form 1 5 that they owe their superiority rather to the Give situation than to their government. and let that king waste in and bribery the same sum which now serves for the entire expenses of their government. Give them an aristocracy, and them a king, luxury, riot let that aristocracy legislate for the people. Give them a priesthood, and let them bribe with a tenth of the produce of the soil a certain men to say a certain set of words.

Though more majestic faculties at the bottom it is all trick, there is something frank and magnificent in the chivalrous disdain of infamy connected There with a gentleman. is which — until you see through hood upon which difficult for all inequality something to the base falseis founded the imagination to — refuse it is its respect, in the faithful and direct dealings But in the the substantial merchant. of habits and lives of this new aristocracy created increase in public calamities, and existence must be determined by their out of an whose nothing to qualify our disapprobation.

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