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Considérations sur l'ordre de Cincinnatus, ou imitation d'un pamphlet anglo-américain. Par le comte de Mirabeau. Suivies de plusieurs pièces relatives à cette institution, d'une Lettre de feu M. Turgot, Ministre d’Etat en France, au Docteur Price, sur les législations américaines & de la traduction d’un pamphlet du Docteur Price, intitulé Observations on the importance of the American Revolution and the means of making it a benefit to the world, accompagnée de réflexions & de notes du traducteur

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Aedanus Burke


Guy-Jean-Baptiste Target
Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
Sébastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort
Joseph Johnson

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Considerations on the Society or Order of Cincinnati, lately instituted by the major-generals, brigadier-generals, and other officers of the American army. Proving that it creates a race of hereditary patricians, or nobility, interspersed with remarks on its consequences to the freedom and happiness of the republic, addressed to the people of South-Carolina, and their representatives has translation
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Circular to the state society of the CINCINNATI has translation
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LETTRE CIRCULAIRE addressée au Sociétés d'Etat par l'ordre des CINCINNATI par l'Assemblée Générale convoquée à Philadelphie le 3 Mai 1784, signée du Général Washington en sa qualité de Président translation has paratext
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Observations sur l'importance de la révolution de l'Amérique, et sur les moyens de la rendre utile au monde translation has paratext
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Notes détachées sur l'ouvrage de M. le Docteur Price
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Réflexions sur l'ouvrage précédent
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Sur la liberté civile & sur la guerre de l'Amérique translation
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Considerations on the order of Cincinnatus, to which are added, as well several original papers relative to that institution, as also a letter from the late M. Turgot, comptroller of the finances in France, to Dr. Price, on the constitutions of America, and an abstract on Dr. Price's Observations on the importance of the American Revolution. With notes and reflections upon that work. Translated from the French of the Count of Mirabeau translation has paratext has other edition
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While in London in 1784, Mirabeau frequented the circles of Genevan exiles and radical or reformist thinkers such as Benjamin Franklin, Richard Price, Benjamin Vaughan and Samuel Romilly. Franklin convinced him to translate the anonymous pamphlet against the order of Cincinnatus (attributed to Aedanus Burke). With the help of Sébastien Roch Nicholas Chamfort and Guy Jean Baptiste Target, Mirabeau largely expanded the original by including additional documents (often in translation) and his own comments. It was afterwards translated into English by Romilly. Foreword by Mirabeau containing interesting comments on his persona as author (finally publishing in his own name) and his ideas of translation (making a text relevant through adaptation). The first direct attack on the principle of nobility, according to William Doyle. Doyle, Aristocracy and Its Enemies, p. 121; Israel, The Expanding Blade, p. 78; Leech, Cosmopolitanism, p. 86-90.