France: its king, court and government (Google eBook)

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Wiley & Putnam, 1840 - France - 191 pages
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Page 101 - His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand ; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Page 84 - On that rock his whole adventure split, his whole scheme of economy was dashed to pieces. His department became more expensive than ever; the civil list debt accumulated. Why? It was truly from a cause which, though perfectly adequate to the effect, one would not have instantly guessed. It was because the turnspit in the king's kitchen was a member of Parliament!
Page 127 - Baring was on a visit to the Falls of Niagara, and having almost exhausted his patience, at the state of the roads and the difficulties he had encountered, he expressed a doubt whether Niagara itself would furnish an adequate recompense for the fatigue and privation necessary to reach it. Mr Jefferson, after describing the passage of the Potomac through the Blue Ridge at Harper's Ferry, with great beauty and animation, adds, that many a one has lived and died within a short distance of this sublime...
Page 183 - his face very red,' and says: "Frenchmen, I die innocent: it is from the Scaffold and near appearing before God that I tell you so. I pardon my enemies; I desire that France-" A General on horseback, Santerre or another, prances out with uplifted hand: "Tambours!" The drums drown the voice. "Executioners do your duty!
Page 129 - We were then in the midst of a great journey, that we finished fifteen days ago. It took us four months. We travelled, during that time, a thousand leagues, and always upon the same horses, except the last hundred leagues, which we performed partly by water, partly on foot, partly upon hired horses, and partly in the stage* or public conveyance. We have seen many Indians, and we remained several days in their country. They received us with great kindness, and our national character contributed not...
Page 37 - A social revolution The social state being gangrened, to arrive at a state of health requires heroic remedies ; the people will have need during some time of a revolutionary power." What is here meant by " heroic remedies" and " a revolutionary power," may be learned in the history of France during the despotism of Robespierre.
Page 70 - I suppose yet retains its place in some parts of that vast region though perhaps, like the buffalo in whose company I have worn it, it has crossed the Mississippi, and may be now accompanying the hunter and the pioneer towards the Rocky Mountains. Seeing these men thus busily engaged, I inquired of some respectable looking individuals, what their objects were ; but was told, with much decision and apparent frankness, that they were as ignorant of the matter as I was. It was obvious, from occasional...
Page 19 - His busts and engravings are everywhere to be met with ; and his bronze statue, which stands upon the column of the Place Vendome, on which his glories are recorded, looks out upon his favorite city like some guardian genius. And I understand that the carpet which covers the saloon of reception, at the Tuilleries, was the work of Napoleon's day, and is emblazoned with his imperial emblems. It covered the same room during the Empire, but on the restoration of the Bourbons it was removed and deposited...
Page 25 - ... of life, to be returned such of them indeed, as have the luck, good or bad, as it may be, to return seven years after, without any preparation for eventual usefulness. But the most remarkable fact in all this institution is the pay which these forced soldiers receive a pay which, after making the deductions that go to the government for indispensable supplies, amounts to one cent a day, twenty-five dollars and a half for seven years...
Page 102 - I was gratified to see an incident recently recorded in the public journals, which proved that this hyperborean city had not escaped his recollection ; but that he had sent, by a French frigate engaged in scientific researches in that quarter, a present of a clock, to be placed in the tower of the church, and thence to sound the warning hours over the Frozen Ocean. He continued on to the North Cape, the Ultima Thule of Europe, where he arrived the 24th of August, 1795. This great buttress of the...

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