Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Farmers General

Farmers-General, in France, before the Revolution, were large capitalists usually associated in firms or companies, who collected certain taxes, especially customs duties, the gabelle or salt tax, and the tax on tobacco, guaranteeing and often advancing a sum in return to the Treasury. Great abuses were naturally connected with this method of collection, which was abolished at the Revolution, and many of the profession were beheaded during the Reign of Terror.