The second estate of French society was made up of the nobility. These nobles lived on manors which they had inherited. The second estate consisted of about 2% of the total population who owned about 25% of the total land in France.
These nobles collected dues and rent from the peasants who lived on their lands. This endless source of income allowed them to live a lavish lifestyle.
To have more, desire less.
First news of the Declaration of Independence appeared on July 5, 1776, in Philadelphia''s Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote, a newspaper printed in German. George Washington didn''t hear about it until July 9th.