severer manners

'Foundations of civil freedom in severer manners': cp. the Puritan 'regime' of the Cromwellian commonwealth. We may remember here that if France "when she let loose the reins of legal authority, doubled the licence of a ferocious dissoluteness in manners and of an insolent irreligion in opinions and practices," England did exactly the same when, at the Restoration in 1660, she submitted to similar reins.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from The Achievement of France in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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