What proportion shall the number of deputies of the tiers etat bear to those of the Nobles and Clergy?
His last work of importance was an essay on the tiers etat and its origin.
Esprit de corps could not restrain them when the question of uniting with the tiers etat had been invoked.
"Any thing but the tiers etat," was uttered by all, with a general voice of horror.
The towns were admitted to the states general, and the citizens of various regions mixed as representatives of the tiers etat.
The tiers etat, of France, were joined by the whole body of inferior clergy with some nobles.
The double representation granted to the tiers etat was now the chief topic of conversation.
To understand the despair and rage with which this law inspired the tiers etat one should have belonged to that honourable class.