Napoleon and Blücher: An Historical Novel

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D. Appleton, 1868 - Germany - 301 pages
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Page 295 - oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even life itself, for the good of the country, inseparable from the rights of his son, of the regency of the empress, and of the maintenance of the laws of the empire.' " * " You have willed it so," said Napoleon, when Ney had finished. " Macdonald and Ney, with Caulaincourt, will
Page 284 - In accordance with the verbal instructions which I have given, and with the spirit of all my letters, you are in no event to permit the empress and the King of Rome to fall into the hands of the
Page 295 - pen, and rising, he held up the paper on which he had written, and motioned to Marshal Ney. " Here, Prince de la Moskwa," said Napoleon, " read to the marshals what I have written." Ney read in a tremulous voice : " ' The allied powers, having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the reëstablishment of peace in Europe, the Emperor
Page 265 - am glad to see you assembled here. I am about to set out for the army. I intrust to you what I hold dearest in the world—my wife and my son. Let there be no political divisions; let the respect for property, the maintenance of order, and, above all, the love of France, animate every
Page 194 - exclaimed Napoleon, sarcastically. " But why so late ? We have lost nearly a month, and your mediation, from its long inactivity, has become almost hostile. It appears that it no longer suits your cabinet to guarantee the integrity of the French empire? Be it so ; but why had you
Page 239 - were persuaded that the government in good faith aspired only to the glory of peace, and that their blood would no longer be shed but to defend our country, and secure the protection of the laws. But these words of ' peace ' and ' country ' will resound in vain, if the institutions are not guaranteed which secure
Page 238 - evils are at their height; the country is menaced on the frontiers at all points ; commerce, is annihilated, agriculture languishes, industry is expiring ; there is no Frenchman who has not, in his family or his fortune, some cruel wound to heal. The facts are notorious, and can never be sufficiently enforced. Agriculture, for
Page 240 - Eleven-twelfths of you are patriotic, the rest are factious. What do you hope by putting yourselves in opposition ? To gain possession of power? But what are your means? Are you the representatives of the people ? I am. Four times I have been invoked by the nation, and have had the votes of four millions of
Page 241 - Since the time when Sir Walter Scott produced so profound a sensation in the reading-world, no historical novels have achieved a success so great as those from the pen of Miss
Page 195 - to her for it. My army is amply sufficient to bring back the Russians and Prussians to reason. All that I ask of you is to withdraw from the strife." "Ah, sire," said Metternich, eagerly, "why should your majesty enter

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