Universal history, ancient and modern, Volume 18

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Page 331 - Some unsuccessful attempts were now made to obtain a truce, but a body of the invaders having advanced against the castle of Dornoch, seized without difficulty on that little fortress, while thirteen thousand troops summoned Soleure, which immediately opened its gates. Friburg, better prepared for resistance, determined to oppose the French ; but Brune, having advanced at the head of a column, notwithstanding the gallant resistance of the garrison, headed by...
Page 176 - A man of unwearied industry, inflexible constancy, sound, clear, and deep understanding, and untainted integrity; so that, whenever he was blinded, it was by the passion he had for that which he esteemed the good and interest of his State.
Page 345 - ... ourselves in the eyes of the whole universe! Will the government of this generous nation, which has at all times afforded so many proofs of the interest it takes in the welfare of the Swiss, do nothing for us under circumstances which are to decide whether we are still to be ranked amongst free people?
Page 238 - ... be grouped together. As this seems to be a fit place to touch on the affairs of Switzerland, a few particulars may be added. The story of William Tell, deserves a record. In this story is exemplified an instance of the lawless tyranny of the governor of Switzerland. Geisler, governor of the Canton of Uri, had ordered his hat to be fixed upon a pole in a certain place, and commanded every passen ger, on pain of death, to pay the same obeisance to it as to himsell Tell, an inhabitant of Uri, indignant...
Page 267 - He raised himself thrice, but sunk again immediately. In his last effort he called out, " Is this misfortune? they may indeed kill the body, but they cannot destroy the soul!
Page 178 - French king were very considerable ; but the pretensions of the house of Bourbon to the Spanish succession were left in full force. Though the renunciation of all claim to that succession, conformable to the Pyrenean treaty, had been one great object of the war, no mention was made of it in the articles of peace.
Page 218 - No country in the world exceeds Switzerland in diversity of appearance. The vast chain of Alps? with enormous precipices, extensive regions of perpetual snow, and glaciers that resemble seas of ice, form a sublime contrast to the vineyard and cultivated field, the richly-wooded brow, and the verdant and tranquil vale, with its happy cottages and crystal streams.
Page 339 - Suabia, was levying contributions and seizing on the rich harvests of Germany, now left defenceless by his absence, than he sent forward a strong detachment, and having conferred the command of the Austrian army in Switzerland on General Hotze.soon afterwards crossed the Rhine in person.
Page 205 - ... for the enemy, during the night, had evacuated the strong positions on the Lange Dyke and the Кое Dyke, as well as the extensive range of elevated sand-hills. On the 4th of October, the allies took possession of Egmont-op-Hoof, Egmont-opZee, and Bergen. The town of Alkmaar, the head-quarters of the French general, and the seat of the states of North Holland, opened its gates, while a number of troops deserted to the standard erected by the Prince of Orange ; but it is painful to add, that,...
Page 342 - Suworow, after penetrating into the canton of Schwitz, was at length so conscious of his critical situation, that he determined, for the first time in his life, to retreat. This was accordingly effected in a masterly manner ; for although pursued by Lecourbe, and harassed by a column which had been posted for that purpose at Altorf, he succeeded in attaining his object, by withdrawing his troops into the country of the Grisons, with the loss of his wounded, his cannon, and his baggage. No sooner...

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