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- n. Plural form of gabel.
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The new minister suppressed several offices and diminished the importance of some others; he had taken away from M. Trudaine, administrator of gabels and heavy revenues (_grosses fermes_), the right of doing business with the king; M. Trudaine sent in his resignation; he was much respected, and this reform was not approved of.
And in like manner the proceeds of gabels, turnpikes, law - fees and other revenues have been augmented very greatly.
When, on the day after Christmas, he started on his way back to Rouen, and from Rouen to England, he did not confer on Paris "any of the boons expected, either by releasing prisoners or by putting an end to black-mails, gabels, and wicked imposts."
Gascons, "we were never so aggrieved with subsidies, hearth-taxes, or gabels, and we will not be, as long as we can defend ourselves."