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The debt of France in 1787 was about three milliards of francs, or about $600,000,000. The deplorable state of the finances, and the inability of the Government to pay the interest of this debt occasioned the assembling of the Tiers Etta, and the meeting of that body, was the commencement of the revolution. In April, 1790, the Government so far from having extinguished any of the debt, had increased it by 1,250,000,000 francs; that is, about $250,000,000. In casting about for means, Talleyrand, himself a renegade priest, proposed to take into possession the property of the church, which constituted nearly half the real estate of the kingdom. In spite of violent opposition this measure was carried, --the immediate sale of church property to the amount of 400,000,000 francs, or $80,000,000, was ordered for the benefit of the State--and the further conduct of the affair turned over to the municipalities, who had become the purchasers in the first instance. Not doubting that they