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  1. Nov 2017
    1. To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business.

      At the time when this document was written, the meaning of the word citizen was very different from what it means now. At this point in America's history, slavery was still legal, and women could not vote. The only true "citizens" of the United States were white males, hence the wording of "he" and "his." It's interesting to me that they decided to include the words "every citizen" when not everyone was given the same rights or opportunities as white males.

    2. French is the language of general intercourse among nations, and as a depository of human Science is unsurpassed by any other language living or dead: that the Spanish is highly interesting to us, as the language spoken by so great a portion of the inhabitants of our Continents, with whom we shall possibly have great intercourse ere long; and is that also in which is written the greater part of the early history of America.

      During this time period, French was the language of "general intercourse among nations." Today, English is the language that nations most commonly use when interacting. It is interesting to see the change and progression of America's influence around the world, especially with language. I also find the word choice of "Spanish is highly interesting to us" as sort of arrogant. They recognize that it is spoken by a large majority of people in some Continents, but the tone sort of implies that Spanish itself isn't as relevant as French.