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CHAP. XIII.: An Idea of despotic Power. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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An Idea of despotic Power.
WHEN the savages of Louisiana are desirous of fruit, they cut the tree to the root, and gather the fruit.* This is an emblem of despotic government.
[* ]Edifying Letters, 11. col. p. 315.