Travels in Russia, the Krimea, the Caucasus, and Georgia, Volume 2

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Cadell, 1825 - Caucasus
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Page 71 - ... discussions about it ; at first I was pleased with his proposals, because I thought it would enlighten the world to drive those brutes, the Turks, out of Europe. But, when I reflected upon the consequences, and saw what a tremendous weight of power it would give to Russia...
Page 305 - Enter the cottage of the poollabourer, surrounded by all these riches, and you find him dying of hunger, or pining from bad food, and in want of the common necessaries of life. Extensive pastures, covered with cattle, afford no milk to him. In autumn, the harvest yields no bread for his children. The lord claims all the produce.
Page 457 - On each side of the mortars stood three cannons, equal to threepounders, mounted upon carriages, and with wheels, which were often used. In the presence of a number of persons attached to the court, a bullet was driven through a board two inches thick, at the distance of sixty paces, by one |of these cannons, a quarter of a poand of powder being also used for a charge.
Page 72 - Russia would have obtained. / 1 considered that the Barbarians of the north were already too powerful, and probably in the course of time would overwhelm all Europe, as I now think they will. Austria already trembles, Russia and Prussia united, Austria falls, and England cannot prevent it.
Page 403 - But where is the Hercules to be found ? France alone could think of such an achievement, and it must be confessed we made but an awkward attempt at it." The Emperor was of opinion that, in the new political combination of Europe, the fate of that portion of the world depended entirely on the capacity and disposition of a single man. "Should there arise...
Page 421 - North was not then inebriated with power, but, instructed in his duties by a Mentor endowed with intelligence and virtue, exercised the authority of a despotic sovereign to establish philanthropy as the basis of his throne. An enemy to the costly vanities of some of his predecessors, he regulated the expenses of his palaces with economy...
Page 457 - It consisted of a single story, the front of which was provided with a door, and fourteen windows ; the frames of the latter, as well as the panes, being all formed of ice. The sides of the doors and of the windows were painted in imitation of green marble. On each side of the door was a dolphin, from the mouths of which, by means...
Page 81 - I serve not Alexander, but my country ; and that I am here, where I ought to be, at the head of my troops, ready to sacrifice my life in her cause.
Page 403 - Poland, which would be the only effectual means of stopping theincreasing power of Russia. It was putting a barrier, a dyke to that formidable empire, which it was likely would yet overwhelm Europe. I do not think," said he, " that I shall live to see it, but you may. You are in the flower of your age, and may expect to live thirtyfive years longer.
Page 72 - They will offer little resistance to the Russians, who are brave and patient. Russia is the more formidable, because she can never disarm. In Russia, once a soldier, always a soldier.

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