History of the Causes and Effects of the Confederation of the Rhine. from the Ital., by J.D. Dwyer
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.1821 Excerpt: ... whose lips the Republic, in wretched servility, was wont to receive the mandates of power, dictated obedience to a master, and not the will of his fellow-citizens, duly and severally declared. Hence the Emperor of the French, while he offered violence to the general sentiment, and broke the faith of recent promises, by the usurpation of that state, could look for no justification in the artifice of a condition attached to the xith article of the Treaty of Luneville, and which stipulated "to leave always to the people of Liguria the power of establishing, without control, their own form of government." But the French ministers, having failed to justify, by this clause, the revolution in the government of Genoa, and the encroachments of the empire upon the duchies of Parma, Piacenza, and' Guastalla, were well aware that arms, much better than the precautions of artifice, would defend the daring hardihood of such enterprises. The Emperor Alexander had just cause of offence, on finding himself at issue with the French government, respecting the proceedings in Italy. He was the more dissatisfied, because, not being able to procure either the capital of Genoa, or of the states of the deceased Duke of Parma, he perceived that the hope was delusive, which he had hitherto indulged, of having it in his power to make such arrangements as would provide for the King of Sardinia some compensation for the states of which he had been despoiled by France. In fact, the Czar precipitately recalled M. de Nowosilzoff from Berlin, the moment an account reached Petersburgh of the acts done by Napoleon at Milan, and of the malignant disposition he discovered towards Queen Caroline, in an audience given by him to the Nea-. politan embassy, ! while he paid no regard to the obligation...
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