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William Theobald Wolfe Tone
Gales & Seaton, 1826 - Ireland
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Page 351 - Ay, now am I in Arden ; the more fool I : when I was at home, I was in a better place : but travellers must be content.
Page 454 - ... in the most classical taste. He is about five feet six inches high, slender and well made, but stoops considerably ; he looks at least ten years older than he is, owing to the great fatigues he underwent in his immortal campaign of Italy. His face is that of a profound thinker, but bears no marks of that great enthusiasm and unceasing activity by which he has been so much distinguished. It is rather, to my mind, the countenance of a mathematician than of a general. He has a fine eye, and a great...
Page 535 - Mr. Sheriff, proceed to the barracks, and acquaint the Provost Marshal that a writ is preparing to suspend Mr. Tone's execution, and see that he be not executed.
Page 266 - Well, England has not had such an escape since the Spanish Armada, .and that expedition, like ours, was defeated by the weather ; the elements fight against us, and courage is here of no avail.
Page 255 - I believe it is the first instance of an Admiral in a clean frigate, with moderate weather and moonlight nights, parting company with his fleet. Captain Grammont, our First Lieutenant, told me his opinion is that she is either taken or lost. and, in either event, it is a terrible blow to us. All rests now upon Grouchy, and I hope he may turn out well ; he has a glorious game in his hands, if he has spirit and talent to play it. If he succeeds, it will immortalize him.
Page 427 - English fleet was paralysed by the mutinies at Portsmouth, Plymouth, and the Nore. The sea was open, and nothing to prevent both the Dutch and French fleets to put to sea. Well, nothing was ready ; that precious opportunity, which we can never expect to return, was lost; and now that at last we are ready here, the wind is against us, the mutiny is quelled, and we are sure to be attacked by a superior force.
Page 456 - We have now seen the greatest man in Europe three times, and I am astonished to think how little I have to record about him. I am sure I wrote ten times as much about my first interview with Charles de la Croix, but then I was a greenhorn ; I am now a little used to see great men, and great statesmen, and great generals, and that has, in some degree, broke down my admiration. Yet, after all, it is a droll thing that I should become acquainted with Buonaparte. This time twelve months I arrived in...
Page 89 - I, for one, if it be in twenty years from this, promise not to forget it. My heart is hardening hourly, and I satisfy myself now at once on points which would stagger me twelve months ago. The Irish aristocracy are putting themselves in a state of nature with the people, and let them take the consequences. They show no mercy, and they deserve none. If ever I have the power, I will most heartily concur in making them a dreadful example, I am to meet Madgett on this business to-day ; but, see the consequences...
Page 153 - Undoubtedly," replied he, *' men will not sacrifice themselves, when they do not see a reasonable prospect of support ; but, if I go, you may be sure I will go in sufficient force.
Page 241 - Yet once, again! The conflagration of such a city as Bristol! It is no slight affair; thousands and thousands of families, if the attempt succeeds, will be reduced to beggary. I cannot help it. If it must be, it must; and I will never blame the French for any degree of misery which they may inflict on the people of England. .... The truth is, I hate the very name of England ; I hated her before my exile; I hate her since, and I will hate her always.