country curates

Curates is used here not in our sense of "assistants," but meaning Curés, beneficed clergy. In the clergy 'État' were 48 bishops, 35 abbots and canons, 208 parish priests. The lower clergy certainly, as Arthur Young points out, benefited by the Revolution.

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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