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By Alexander Wheelock Thayer

One of many compensations for the horrors of the French Revolution was once the sweeping away of a few of the petty sovereignties into which Germany used to be divided, thereby rendering in our day a union of the German humans and the increase of a German country attainable. the 1st to fall have been the varied ecclesiastical-civil individuals of the previous, free confederation, a few of which had performed no ignoble nor unimportant half within the increase of civilization; yet their day was once previous. the folks of those states had in divers respects loved a greater lot than those that have been matters of hereditary rulers, and the outdated German asserting: “It is nice to stay less than the crook,” had a foundation of truth. at the very least, they weren't offered as mercenary troops; their blood was once now not shed on overseas fields to help their princes’ ostentatious elegance, to permit mistresses and ill-begotten childrens to stay in luxurious and insurrection. however the antiquated principles to which the ecclesiastical rulers held with bigoted tenacity had develop into a barrier to development, the exceptions being too few to render their farther life fascinating. those contributors of the empire, enormously differing in quantity, inhabitants, wealth and political impression, have been governed with few or no exceptions via males who owed their positions to election by means of chapters or different church firms, whose numbers have been so constrained as to offer complete play to each kind of intrigue; yet they can no longer think their capabilities till their titles have been proven via the Pope as head of the church, and by means of the Emperor as head of the confederation. therefore the topic had no voice within the subject, and it hardly ever desire be acknowledged that his welfare and prosperity have been by no means incorporated one of the causes and concerns on which the elections grew to become.

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