Martin's History of France: The Decline of the French Monarchy, Volume 1

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Walker, Fuller, 1866 - France
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Page 387 - In short, all the symptoms which I have ever met ' with in History, previous to great Changes and ' Revolutions in Government, now exist and daily ' increase in France.'* CHAPTER III.
Page 371 - Laws, taken in the broadest meaning, are the necessary relations deriving from the nature of things; and in this sense, all beings have their laws: the divinity has its laws, the material world has its laws, the intelligences superior to man have their laws, the beasts have their laws, man has his laws.
Page 87 - And a few days after, in a letter to Stanhope, " I owe to you even the place I occupy, which I ardently desire to use according to your wishes ; that is, for the service of His Britannic Majesty, whose interests will always be sacred to me.
Page 243 - ... became the soul of a new confederacy, which again involved the empire in war, and endangered the hereditary possessions of the house of Austria. With his usual secresy he formed the project of a convention, which was signed on the 13th of May, 1744, at Frankfort on the Main, with the emperor, France, the elector Palatine, and the king of Sweden as landgrave of Hesse. He beheld with alarm the rapid progress of prince Charles in Alsace, and seized this critical opportunity, when the Austrian dominions...
Page 231 - Sobcuitz, now in command of the besieging force, mortified and irritated by the escape, sent a summons to the garrison demanding its immediate and unconditional surrender. Chevert, the gallant commander, replied to the officer who brought the summons, — "Tell the prince that if he will not grant me the honors of war, I will set fire to the four corners of Prague, and bury myself under its ruins.
Page 380 - Whatever alms may be given to a man who is naked in the streets, this will not fulfil the obligations of the State, which owes to all the citizens an assured subsistence, food, and proper clothing, and a mode of life which is not contrary to health.
Page 6 - ... near Paris, where for eleven hundred years kings of France had been buried. It was more like a festival than a funeral. " I saw little tents," he records, " set up along the road, in which people drank, sang, laughed. The sentiments of the citizens of Paris had passed into the minds of the populace. The Jesuit, Le Tellier, was the principal cause of this universal joy. I heard several spectators say that the torches which lighted the procession ought to be used for setting fire to the houses...
Page 378 - It is true that in democracies the people seem to act as they please; but political liberty does not consist in an unlimited freedom. In governments, that is, in societies directed by laws, liberty can consist only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.
Page 375 - ... forever. And this is the only means consistent with reason of replacing the tyrannical magistracy of the ephors and the state inquisitors of Venice, who are also despotic. As, in a free state, every man, considered to have a free soul, should be governed by himself, the people as a body should have legislative power; but, as this is impossible in large states and is subject to many drawbacks in small ones, the people must have their representatives do all that they themselves cannot do. One knows...
Page 388 - Sevres porcelains, more or less, would not greatly have altered the situation of France. It was her misfortune to be slumbering in a fatal ease. Voltaire has said : " All Europe never saw happier days than followed the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, in 1748, until toward the year 1755. Commerce flourished from St. Petersburg to Cadiz ; the fine arts were everywhere in honor. A mutual confidence existed between all nations. Europe resembled a large family, reunited after its dissensions.

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