The first or theoretical part deals with the high origin of the human soul, and shows how it has departed from its first estate.
On the 30th of September the First Estate abandoned its former standpoint and renounced its privileges, with one unimportant reservation.
A new race of politicians was springing up. Since 1719, when the influence of the few great territorial families had been merged in a multitude of needy gentlemen, the first estate had become the nursery and afterwards the stronghold of an opposition at once noble and democratic which found its natural leaders in such men as Count Carl Gyllenborg and Count Carl Gustaf Tessin.
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