Memoirs and Recollections. [Transl. Vol.1] 3

Memoirs and Recollections. [Transl. Vol.1] 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...the state. M. Necker had, by simple means, supplied the government with immense resources to bear the expenses of the war not only without the necessity of an increase of taxation, but with the advantage, on the contrary, of a diminution of its burthen; he had filled the public coffers by the sale of annuities, which were to be paid by sums arising from reforms to be introduced by means of sumptuary laws, and economies which were to be effected in the expenditure of the court. This line of conduct shewed great skill in the management of affairs, but argued little knowledge of mankind. The minister was not aware of the number and power of all the personages, great as well as subaltern, who were interested in the existence of abuses; but he learnt it too soon, at his own expense. Private interests gained the victory over the public weal, the state was sacrificed to the court, economy to luxury, prudence to vanity. The storm now broke out on all sides; and the enemies of M. Necker took advantage of a fault into which he had been betrayed by his vanity. Not satisfied with the title of director-general of the finances, he wished to become a minister, to be able the better to defend his plans in the King's council. The devout appeared scandalized at seeing a protestant hold the helm of state, and the great felt offended at the pretentions of a mere banker of Geneva. All accused him of pride and ambition. The confidence of the King was shaken by these clamors; and, as his principal defect consisted in too much diffidence in his own judgment, he fancied he heard the expression of public opinion whilst he was listening to that of the greatest number of the courtiers who surrounded his throne. He, therefore, yielded, in opposition to his more

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