History of France, from the year 420 to the Surrender of Metz, 1870, etc


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Seite 185 - I put myself under the protection of their laws, which I claim from your royal highness, as the most powerful, the most constant, and the most generous of my enemies.
Seite 142 - We swear eternal fidelity to the nation, the law, and the king; to maintain to the utmost of our power the constitution decreed by the national assembly, and accepted by the king; and to remain united with every Frenchman by the indissoluble ties of fraternity.
Seite 153 - ... fear of God and love of the people. He perished, the victim of passions which he did not share; of those of the persons about him, to which he was a stranger, and to those of the multitude, which he had not excited.
Seite 158 - you have only to wait at the playhouse door, and mark those who come out, and to observe who have servants, carriages, and silk clothes ; and if you kill them all, you are pretty sure you have killed so many aristocrats. Or if ten in a hundred should be patriots, it don't signify — you have killed ninety aristocrats.
Seite 168 - Buonaparte at last advanced. Such were the confusion and terror of the enemy when he came near .the camp, that they abandoned their works, and flung themselves by hundreds into the Nile. The carnage was prodigious. Multitudes more were drowned. Mourad and a remnant of his Mamelukes retreated on Upper Egypt. Cairo surrendered : Lower Egypt was entirely conquered. Such were the immediate consequences of the battle of the Pyramids. The name of Buonaparte now spread panic through the East ; and the '^Sultan...
Seite 153 - At ten minutes after ten he had ceased to live. Thus perished, at the age of thirty-nine, after a reign of sixteen years and a half, spent in endeavouring to do good, the best but weakest of monarchs. His ancestors bequeathed to him a revolution. He was better calculated than any of them to prevent and terminate it; for he was capable of becoming a reformer-king before it broke out, or of becoming a constitutional king afterwards. He is, perhaps, the only prince who, having no other passion, had...
Seite 110 - Correggio ! this Venus of Titian ! that incomparable Deluge of Caracci ! Ah ! my friend, I must quit all these. Farewell, dear pictures, that I loved so dearly, and that cost me so much...
Seite 138 - Monsieur, tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the People, and that nothing but the force of bayonets...
Seite 137 - Men did not without enthusiasm see the return of a national ceremony of which France had for so long a period been deprived. It had all the appearance of a- festival. An enormous multitude flocked from all parts to Versailles; the weather was splendid; they had been lavish of the pomp of decoration. The excitement of the music, the kind and satisfied expression of the king, the beauty and demeanour of the queen, and, as much as anything, the general hope, exalted every one.
Seite 157 - He was on his first appearance in the mob-meetings of his district the constant butt of the company, and maltreated by all, even to gross personal rudeness. The mob, however, always took his part, because of the violence of his horrid language. Thus, long before he preached wholesale massacre in his journal, he had denounced 800 deputies as fit for execution, and demanded that they should be hanged on as many trees. His constant topic was assassination, not...

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