Essays, Civil and Moral, Literary and Political; Written After the Manner of M. de Montaigne Interspersed with Characters, Portraits & Anecdotes

Essays, Civil and Moral, Literary and Political; Written After the Manner of M. de Montaigne Interspersed with Characters, Portraits & Anecdotes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1789 edition. Excerpt: ... hand, if I write not at prcfent what I have feen and known, important and inftructive truths will, peihaps, efcape pofterity. I will therefore explain myfelf with the liberty of a man who neither hopes nor fears, nor has any intereft in the fuccefs or failure of any party, and who fpeaks to a poflerity, perhaps, very remote. The Regent hadnofooner taken the reigns of government than he propofed a form of adminiftration quite different from that of.Lewis XIV. Whether it was from a fpirit of innovation, which is ahnoft inevitable at the beginning of a reign, or from a wifh to avoid the reproach caft on the late king and his miniflers, of being defpotic and arbitrary, he conrided each part of adminiftration to as many councils; gave full activity to thofe formed in the preceding reign, for the finances, commerce, and foreign affairs, and created others for the war and marine departments; he was even G 3 dcfiious defirous of eftablifhing one forccclefiaftical affairs, but this was attended with great difficulties. All thefc particular councils were without prejudice to the council general of the Regency, from which they mightbe looked upon as fo many emanations, and that of the malecontents, which has always been directed by the chancellor. I have already faid that M. Voifin filled this place at the death of Lewis XIV. that he died in 1717, and was fueceeded by D. d'Aguefleau, who is ftill inveftS cd with that dignity. If piety, and all the virtues which derive from it, probity, erudition, a ta: le for letters, and great fenfe, hut of a dilferent kind from t!iat which adminiftration requires, could make a perfefi chancellor, M. d'Agueffeau would certainly be one; but other talents arc neceffiiry to pe;form the duties of fo important an office. The..show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678524
  • 9781236678522
  • 2,237,740