The Public Men of the Revolution; Including Events from the Peace of 1783 to the Peace Of 1815

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 304 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847. Excerpt: ... all, will be so only in contrast with them; and because his life was devoted to pull down and destroy the monuments of virtue and wisdom, which they gave their lives to build and preserve. EXTRACT FROM MR. WALSH 8 LETTER ON FRENCH POWER. Page 12. Whoever attends to the progress of French power, must be satisfied that it is not the work of chance; but, in a great degree, the result of a deliberate project for the subjugation of Europe, framed and acted upon, even before the reign of the Directory. The conclusions which an attentive consideration of this subject had led me to adopt, were sanctioned by the acknowledgment of all the actors in the scene of the revolution with whom I had occasion to converse in Paris. They drew from the history of the commonwealths of antiquity, those arts of fraud and menace, of violence and seduction, by which the latter were enabled to beguile the weakness, to ensnare the cupidity, to confound the judgment, and to overpower the fortitude of mankind. The archives of the Assyrian and Macedonian, of the Greek and Roman conquests, were, and still are, diligently searched for precedents in the art of combining cunning with force. The inveterate habits of intrigue, the vanity and ductility which have always marked the national character, are all confederated for one grand and successful experiment; that of trying whether the master-springs of human conduct are not at all times the same; whether, with a deep knowledge of the temper of the age, with a congenial spirit and augmented means, the same principles and measures, skilfully adapted to circumstances, will not give the same results. The world has seen with how strong and steady an impetus they have urged the accomplishment of their views; and with what overwhelming rapidity of...

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