Scenes and Sketches; In France

Scenes and Sketches; In France

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...rare. The larger number of those that occasionally issue from the press seems, indeed, to be little else than translations of English treatises. But from the consideration of the intellectual and literary wealth and nourishment diffused among the people of this country I would pass for a moment and take a transient glance at another species of property, and the extent to which it is distributed as well as the rate of enjoyment, which it is the means of procuring to the various classes of the community. With reference to the possession, and the most salutary mode of utilizing wealth, no more influential experiment was tried--no practical innovation involving considerations of a graver character was introduced amidst the sweeping tide of the great revolution, than the abolition of the law of primogeniture, and the substitution of an enactment, which made it obligatory that the property of parents should be equally divided among all their children. The enormous masses of wealth which had accumulated during a succession of ages in the families of the noblesse, combined as the hereditary system was with the odious and inequitable exemption from contributing towards supporting the burdens of the state, had unquestionably thrown the two great divisions of the community into a most injurious and unnatural position with respect to each other. It left, in fact, no middling class, which by touching the extremes of both, might maintain some feeling of sympathy among these respective constituents of the body politic. When the great crisis arrived, the parties which had hitherto co-existed but could not coalesce--which had breathed indeed the same air, but had hardly been considered as made of the same blood, at once flew apart and took their sides as...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678036
  • 9781236678034