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Le inhabitants of these countries are naturally of a heavy, legmatic temper, if any of their leading members have more e and spirit than comes to their share, it is quickly tempered - the coldness and moderation of the rest who sit at the olm with them. To this we may add, that the Alps is the prst spot of ground in the world to make conquests in, a eat part of its governments being so naturally intrenched nong woods and mountains. However it be, we find no Lch disorders
among them as one would expect in such a ultitude of states; for as soon as any public rupture hapens, it is immediately closed up by the moderation and good rices of the rest that interpose. As all the considerable governments among the Alps are mmonwealths, so, indeed, it is a constitution the most apted of any other to the poverty and barrenness of these untries. We may see only in a neighbouring government e ill consequences of having a despotic prince, in a state at is most of it composed of rocks and mountains; for, -twithstanding there is a vast extent of lands, and many
them better than those of the Swiss and Grisons, the mmon people among the latter are much more at their se, and in a greater affluence of all the conveniencies of life. prince's court eats too much into the income of a poor ite, and generally introduces a kind of luxury and magnifince, that sets every particular person upon making a higher -ure in his station than is consistent with his revenue. It is the great endeavour of the several cantons of Switzand, to banish from among them everything that looks ce pomp or superfluity. To this end the ministers are rays preaching, and the governors putting out edicts, ainst dancing, gaming, entertainments, and fine clothes. is is become more necessary in some of the governments, ce there are so many refugees settled among them; for, ough the Protestants in France affect ordinarily a greater inness and simplicity of manners than those of the same ality who are of the Roman Catholic communion, they ve, however, too much of their country-gallantry for the nius and constitution of Switzerland. Should dressing, -sting, and balls, once get among the cantons, their miliy roughness would be quickly lost, their tempers would ow too soft for their climate, and their expenses out-run ir incomes; besides that the materials for their luxury
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much contribute to the keeping up of their ancient simplicity. The bourgeois, who are at the head of the governments, are obliged to appear at all their public assemblies in a black cloak and a band. The women's dress is very plain, those of the best quality wearing nothing on their heads
generally but furs, which are to be met with in their own country. The persons of different qualities in both sexes are indeed
allowed their different ornaments, but these are generally such as are by no means costly, being rather designed as marks of distinction than to make a figure. The chief officers of Berne, for example, are known by the crowns of their hats, which are much deeper than those of an inferior character. The
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than in corn, they are all provided with their public graies, and have the humanity to furnish one another in public gencies, when the scarcity is not universal. As the adhistration of affairs relating to these public granaries is not y different in any of the particular governments, I shall tent myself to set down the rules observed in it by the le commonwealth of Geneva, in which I had more time inform myself of the particulars than in any other. ere are three of the little council deputed for this office. ey are obliged to keep together a provision sufficient to a the people at least two years, in case of war or famine. ey must take care to fill their magazines in times of the atest plenty, that, so they may afford cheaper, and increase public revenue at a small expense of its members.
members. None he three managers must, upon any pretence, furnish the naries from his own fields, that so they may have no ptation to pay too great a price, or put any bad corn n the public. They must buy up no corn growing withwelve miles of Geneva, that so the filling their magazines
may not prejudice their market, and raise the price of their provisions at home. That such a collection of corn may not spoil in keeping, all the inns and public-houses are obliged to furnish themselves out of it, by which means is raised the most considerable branch of the public-revenues; the corn being sold out at a much dearer rate than 'tis bought up. So that the greatest income of the commonwealth, which pays the pensions of most of its officers and ministers, is raised on strangers and travellers, or such of their own body as have money enough to spend at taverns and publichouses.
It is the custom in Geneva and Switzerland to divide their estates equally among all their children, by which means every one lives at his ease without growing dangerous to the republic, for, as soon as an overgrown estate falls into the hands of one that bas many children, it is broken into so many portions as render the sharers of it rich enough, without raising them too much above the level of the rest. This is absolutely necessary in these little republics, where the rich merchants live very much within their estates, and by heaping up vast sums from year to year, might become formidable to the rest of their fellow-citizens, and break the equality, which is so necessary in these kinds of governments, were there not means found out to distribute their wealth among several members of their republic. At Geneva, for instance, are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred thousand crowns, though, perhaps, there is not one of them who spends to the value of five hundred pounds a year.
Though the Protestants and Papists know very well that it is their common interest to keep a steady neutrality in all the wars between the states of Europe, they cannot forbear siding with a party in their discourse. The Catholics are zealous for the French king, as the Protestants do not a little glory in the riches, power, and good success of the English and Dutch, whom they look upon as the bulwarks of the Reformation. The ministers, in particular, have often preached against such of their fellow-subjects as enter into the troops of the French king; but so long as the Swiss see their interest in it, their poverty will always hold them fast to his service. They have, indeed, the exercise of their religion, and their ministers with them, which is the more remarkable, because the very same prince refused even those
the Church of England, who followed their master to St. ermains, the public exercise of their religion. Before I leave Switzerland I cannot but observe, that the otion of witchcraft reigns very much in this country. I Eve often been tired with accounts of this nature from very nsible men, who are most of them furnished with matters
fact which have happened, as they pretend, within the mpass of their own knowledge. It is certain there have en many executions on this account, as in the canton of erne there were some put to death during my stay at GeEva. The people are so universally infatuated with the tion, that if a cow falls sick, it is ten to one but an old woan is clapt up in prison for it, and if the poor creature ance to think herself a witch, the whole country is for nging her up without mercy. One finds, indeed, the same mour prevail in most of the rocky, barren parts of Europe. hether it be that poverty and ignorance, which are genery the products of these countries, may really engage a cetch in such dark practices, or, whether or no the same prinples may not render the people too credulous, and, perhaps,
easy to get rid of some of their unprofitable members. A great affair that employs the Swiss politics at present is e Prince of Conti's succession to the Duchess of Nemours
the government of Neuf-Chatel. The inhabitants of euf-Chatel can by no means think of submitting themselves a prince who is a Roman Catholic, and a subject of France. ney were very attentive to his conduct in the principality
Orange, which they did not question but he would rule th all the mildness and moderation imaginable, as it would the best means in the world to recommend him to Neufnatel. But, notwithstanding 1 it was so much his interest manage his Protestant subjects in the country, and the cong assurances he had given them in protecting them in
their privileges, and particularly in the free exercise of ir religion, he made over his principality in a very little ne for a sum of money to the king of France. It is, ined, generally believed the Prince of Conti would rather
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