Apr. 13th, 2017

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It was very foolish, and bad manners too, for a 19th century gentleman to give a lady a horse whose gentleness he was not sure of, whatever the stable owner said.

French noblemen would extort more grain from peasants by not only tampering with the size of the bushel, but by insisting on heaped bushels, which could add as much as 25% more grain. Among other things. A French peasant grievance was declaring they wanted one king, one law, one measure, and one weight.

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