Note 068
From Chapter 22 of the Decline & Fall

The president Montesquieu (Considerations sur la Grandeur, etc., des Romains, c. xiv. in his works, tom. iii. p. 448,449) excuses this minute and absurd tyranny, by supposing that actions the most indifferent in our eyes might excite, in a Roman mind, the idea of guilt and danger. This strange apology is supported by a strange misapprehension of the English laws, "chez une nation . . . ou il est defendu de boire a la sante d'une certaine personne."

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