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Madame Dupin's portfolio relating to the criticism of L'esprit des lois, with autograph notes by J.-J. Rousseau. Contains:

  • How careful one must be not to change the general spirit of a Nation.

  • How laws establish legality in a democracy.

  • Consequences of the different principles of the three governments in relation to sumptuary laws, luxury, and the condition of women.

  • Consequences of the principles of various governments with respect to the simplicity of civil and criminal laws, the form of judgments and the establishment of penalties [ ].

  • In which Government the Sovereign can be Judge.

  • Of women's administration.

  • Of the condition of women in the various Governments.

  • Of public continence.

  • Of the legality of treatment in the case of multiple women.

  • Polygamy itself.

  • On the guardianship of women among the Romans.

  • Dows and Nuptial Advantages in the Various Constitutions.

  • Manners and mores in the state of politics.

  • Penalties established by the Emperors against the debauchery of women.

  • Principles of the three Governments. Tit. Difference between the nature of government and its principle.

  • Crime against nature.

  • From Luxury to China.

  • Of the Domestic Tribunal among the Romans.

  • Effects of sociable mood.

  • Explanation of a paradox of the Ancients in relation to mores.

  • It follows from the nature of despotic power [ ].

  • Influence of the Domestic Government on Politics.

  • I don't hear the author too well here. I say that freedom consists in being subject only to the Laws [ ].

  • I do not believe that it was the cowardice of the peoples of the South which made them subject, nor the courage of the Peoples of the North which kept them free.

  • Love of country leads to goodness of morals, [ ].

  • The Spirit of the Laws: The Company [folio 1]. Verifications [sheet 2].

  • The Author promises in chap. pr of the Eleventh Book to distinguish the Laws which form political liberty in relation to the Constitution from those which form it in relation to each citizen.

  • The ignorance natural to the nobility, its inattention, its contempt for civil government.

  • Roman law gave the freedom to make gifts before marriage [ ].

  • Virtue in a republic is a very simple thing [ ].

  • The Prince derives so little use from the Commissioners [ ].

  • The females of the Animals have, more or less, a constant fecundity [ ].

  • The Laws which give guardianship to the mother [ ].

  • We return here to page 422. ch. 11Domestic Servitude independent of Polygamy.

  • Why because Cicero cites the Law of the Twelve Tables on repudiation [ ].

  • Preface for the Critique of the Spirit of the Laws.

  • First Volume of Mr. President [followed by] "Man, as a physical being, is, like other bodies, governed by invariable laws."

  • That the Law of Polygamy is a matter of calculation.

  • That the plurality of women depends very much on their upkeep.

  • What are the natural means of changing the morals and manners of a Nation.

  • Title Laws of education [followed by] title Education in monarchies.

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Municipal Library of Bordeaux. Public domain, Creative Commons Public Domain Trademark 1.0 license  ( terms of use ).


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