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TitreJames KEIR à CONDORCET - 5 novembre 1792 (Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France / Ms 867, f. 26-27)
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Lieu de conservationParis, Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France
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Date indiquée par le scripteurNovr 5. 1792
Datation5 novembre 1792
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Bifeuillet in-4°, vergé écru, filigrané.


 I observe in the news papers that the National Convention

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[26 r] near Birmingham Nov 5. 1792.


I observe in the news-papers that the National Convention has invited all persons to give theirs Thoughts in any language upon the important subject of a new Constitution. I have in consequence of this invitation ventured to offer my Reflexions, which I take the liberty of transmitting to You, as I see with pleasure that you are one of the Committee appointed to consider of a new Constitution. – I have not subjoined my name to that Memoir, because I know, that among the great number of Propositions that will be made to You, and which will occur to the members of the committee themselves, who like You have [26 v] thought profoundly and with every advantage of local information on the subject, there is but a very small probability that my Views will be received with any preference or distinction, and I know the ridicule <to [... ?]> attached to unsuccessfull political Projectors. – Nevertheless I have sent my memoir, in which the Views are certainly not very obvious, because I think that your committee will be able to propose their Form of Governement with more confidence, after having examined all that may be exhibited to them. – In other respects, I shall continue to glory in testifying (as I have already done [27 r] publicly on more than one occasion) my veneration for the grand principles of Your Revolution, and my ardent wishes for the successful completion of it, in the establishment of a Constitution, which, by adding a new lustre to civil Society, may fully manifest the Triumph of Reason and Philosophy.

I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect for Your Talents so nobly exerted, Sir, Your most obedient Servant

James Keir

[27 v] [Adresse]

Envoie un projet pour une nouvelle constitution, C. ayant été nommé au comité afférent. N’a pas apposé son nom sur ce projet car il doute qu’il soit choisi et ne souhaite pas se couvrir de ridicule. Rend hommage à la Révolution française.

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