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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. 1893 Excerpt: ...and had visited several places in France for this purpose. As already stated one of these places was Lyons, where he met Mouton. So when he returned to Paris he was full of the idea of a universal measure, and when proposed in 1790, the time was ripe for a change. The revolutionary spirit was so rife that there were no sentimental associations connected with old things to interfere with the introduction of new ones. In April, 1790, when the National Assembly first felt the fullness of its power, in spite of the anxiety caused by the news of the rupture with Spain and England, notwithstanding the disorder and trouble in the provinces and the resistance to the decree selling the property held by the churches, and in the face of the many complications which surrounded the reorganization of the judiciary it was ready to take up the question of a new system of weights and measures referred to it by the third estate. This important matter was referred to M. de Talleyrand, the minister of foreign affairs of the new regime. In his report he said: ' The great variety of our weights and measures and their irregular multiples of one another cause considerable confusion of ideas and are the source of embarrassment to commerce: besides, those now employed are not only subject to error but different lengths have the same name. Such a motley of units is a great snare for trusting persons--a species of deception that is more widely practiced than one would imagine, since for each name to which usage seemy to have attached a fixed length there are a confusion of ideas and multiplicity of lengths. Nothing can justify such an abuse--nothing but the National Assembly can rectify it.' Then after reciting with that clearness which characterized the utterances of this schola...
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