These abuses

The existence of these abuses was fully known, and Robert Jacques Turgot (1727-1781) who was called by Louis XVI. to manage the national finances, had thoroughly probed them and planned a scheme providing for their gradual but complete removal. Unfortunately the vested interests were too strong for him, and he had to retire after less than two years of office. What he would have done peacefully only the shock of the Revolution could afterwards effect.

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