the crown in difficult and dangerous emergen- cies. On examination this aliiembly dilicovered, that the molt flagrant embezzlements had taken place in the royal treafury. The downfal of M. de Calonne, the Comptroller General of the Fi- nances, was the immediate refult of this difco- very; and the elevation of M. Neckar, who had formerly occupied that important Ration. The NptaHes, however, acknowledged their total in- competency to reform the abulies or relieve the embarrafTments of the fiate. And they con- cluded their deliberations by adviling the King without delay to convoke the States General of» the kingdom, who alone pofTeiTed fufficient in-

fluence and authority to apply thole remedies which the political diforders of the {late rendered

indifpenfably neceflary. This had in fact been -

for feveral years palt the grand object of the hopes and wilhes of the people. And the inflex- ible refolution of the Parliament of Paris not to enregifler the edicts of the crown was apparently and almolt avowedly direéitefi to the accomplilh- ment of this purpofe.

The monarch, feeing himlelf without re- fources, alarmed at the critical and dangerous fituation to which he wasimperceptibly reduced, and delirous to regain the alTeElions of the peo- ple, at length declared his refolution to convene the States General, which had not met fince the

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