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2 vols. INTROD UCTIO N 35 Montesquieu was the grandson41 of the author of the Spirit of Laws. Joyful over this discovery, he asked me to present him again to one who bore so respectable a name; and a few moments later, as I expressed to him how very touched I was by the service he was rendering me, and at the same time my regret at not being able to pay my debt to him, he said to me with truly amiable feeling: “Very well! since you wish to do something for me, try to procure for me a French copy of the Spirit of Laws.

Op. , p. 52 o. Archives of the State of New Jersey (Trenton, 1891), First Series, XV, 371 i Cf. also pp. 375, 378, and 405. INTROD UCTIO N 31 This resolve was prompted by a definite, clean-cut case in which the principle of separation of powers, as shortly afterward enunciated by Montesquieu, was violated. ” ®° In short, from the foregoing summary and criticism one very definite conclusion emerges. Some distinction will have to be made between the direct or indirect, non­ influence or quantum of influence of Montesquieu in America.

How close a parallel between one of the suppositions ex­ pressed in this passage and the statement of Jefferson with regard to the origin of the Declaration! , Washington, 1903-4), XVI, 118—19. “ Part of an extract printed by the Gazette of the United States, Oct. 18, 1800, from an Essay on Political Society. The essay was published by William Young (Philadelphia, 1800). INTROD UCTIO N 33 concept might well be applied to the writing of the Constitution. Max Farrand’s day by day reconstruction of the work of the Convention ** admirably verifies the essayist’s conjecture that possibly a manly force of mind, combined with scientific skill, aided by much personal experience, and influenced by a respectful attention to preconceived opinions, led to a system so original in its structure, .

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