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Considerations on the Society or Order of Cincinnati : lately instituted…

by Aedanus Burke

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... Politicians, who see in everything only the dangers with which it threatens civil society, in fine the labouring people, who, shielded by equal laws, had never seen any difference between man and man, but had read of terrible oppressions which people of their description experienced in other countries from those who are distinguished by titles & badges, began to be alarmed at this new institution [the Cincinnati]. A remarkable silence however was observed. Their solicitudes were long confined within the circles of private conversation. At length however a Mr. Burke, chief justice of South Carolina, broke that silence. He wrote against the new institution; foreboding it's dangers very imperfectly indeed, because he had nothing but his imagination to aid him. An American could do no more: for to detail the real evils of aristocracy they must be seen in Europe. Burke's fears were thought exaggerations in America; while in Europe it is known that even Mirabeau has but faintly sketched the curses of hereditary aristocracy as they are experienced here, and as they would have followed in America had this institution remained. The epigraph of Burke's pamphlet was "Blow y the trumpet in Zion." It's effect corresponded with it's epigraph ... (TJ in his note on Demeunier's article for the Encyclopedie)

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