History of Friedrich II, of Prussia (4); Called Frederick the Great

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General Books LLC, 1859 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
PMBook may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Excerpt: ... July-Dec. 174a] Visit readers shall know duly, by and by, what little is knowable. But, alas, there is first an immense arrear of Warmatters to bring up; to which, still more than to Voltaire, the afflicted reader must address himself, if he would understand at all what Friedrich's Environment, or circumambient Life-element now was, and how Friedrich, well or ill, comported himself in the same. Brevity, this Editor knows, is extremely desirable, and that the scissors should be merciless on those sad Paper-Heaps, intolerable to the modern mind; but, unless the modern mind chanced to prefer ease and darkness, what can an Editor do! CHAPTER II AUSTRIAN AFFAIRS ARE ON THE MOUNTING HAND Austr1an affairs are not now in their nadir-point; a long while now since they passed that. Austria, to all appearance dead, started up, and began to strike for herself, with some success, the instant Walpole's soup-royal (that first 200,000/., followed since by abundance more) got to her lips. Touched her poor pale lips; and went tingling through her, like life and fiery elasticity, out of death by inanition! Cardinal moment, which History knows, but can never date, except vaguely, some time in 1741; among the last acts of judicious Walpole. Austria, thanks to its own Khevenhiillers and its English guineas, was already rising in various quarters: and now when the Prussian Affair is settled, Austria springs up everywhere like an elastic body with the pressure taken from it; mounts steadily, month after month, in practical success, and in height of humour in a still higher ratio. And in the course of the next Two Years rises to a great height indeed. Here,--snatched, who knows with what difficulty, from that shoreless bottomless slough of an Austrian-Succession War, deservedly fo1gol*M^and avoided by^exfcC.

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