He tends toward the wonky, goes heavy on historical references, and likes to quote folks like Montesquieu.
It was an unexpected application of Montesquieu's theory of checks and balances.
Montesquieu says: "It is written to prove all others useless."
He was a son of the celebrated Montesquieu, and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits.
Montesquieu had a greater antagonist than Voltaire in Plato.
For, as Montesquieu says, by introducing "too great a number of freemen," the "ancient citizens" would be oppressed.
In this he is a far more faithful follower of Montesquieu than he will allow.
The history of Montesquieu's mind, during the progress of this great work, is singularly curious and interesting.
Montesquieu's advice was quite forgotten (see the context Laws, v, 8).
In 1740, Montesquieu, in a letter to a friend, wrote: 'France is nothing but Paris and a few distant provinces.'