A History of the Late Revolution in Sweden, Containing an Account of the Transactions of the Three Last Diets in that Country, Preceded by a Short Abstract of the Swedish History... by Charles Francis Sheridan,...

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M. Mills, 1778 - Sweden - 443 pages
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Page 23 - The reason is plain: the people of the north have, and will for ever have, a spirit of liberty and independence, which the people of the south have not; and therefore a religion which has no visible head is more agreeable to the independence of the climate than that which has one.
Page 14 - The custom afterwards succeeded of granting letters of enfranchisement, and was soon followed by so perfect a harmony between the civil liberty of the people, the privileges of the nobility and clergy, and the prince's prerogative, that I really think there never was in the world a government so well tempered as that of each part of Europe, so long as it lasted.
Page 375 - This was to addrefs himfelf to the foldiers ; men wholly unacquainted with his defigns, and accuftomed to pay obedience only to the orders of the fenate, whom they had been taught to hold in the higheft reverence. As his Majefty, followed by the officers, was advancing from the guard-room to the parade for this purpofe, fome of them more cautious, or perhaps more timid than the reft, became, on a...
Page 377 - The king then mounting his horfe, followed by his officers with their fwords drawn, a large body of foldiers, and numbers of the populace, went to the other quarters of the town where the foldiers he had ordered to be affembled were polled. He found them all equally willing to fupport his caufe, and take an oath of fidelity to him.
Page 325 - ... yet never lofe fight of the happinefs of the people ; that fuch a fpirit fhould be under the direction of prudence, and in its courfe be marked by a moderation as amiable as it is, rare. Neglectful of pleafures, yet not averfe to ' them, without being diffipated, he...
Page 377 - ... they would not confide in him, he would lay down his fceptre, and furrender up his kingdom. So much was the king beloved, that the people (fome of whom even fell down upon their knees) with tears in their eyes implored his majcfty not to abandon them.
Page 375 - ... apprehenfive of the confequences of the meafure in which they were engaged : they began to exprefs their fears to the King, that unlefs fome perfons of greater weight and influence than themfelves were to take a part in the fame caufe, he could hardly hope to fucceed in his enterprize. The' King flopped a while, and appeared to hefitate — the fate of the revolu-N tion hung upon that moment. A ferjeant of the guards overheard their dilcourfe, and cried aloud— " It mall fucceed— long live...
Page 373 - The officers, moft of them young men, of whofe attachment the king had been long fecure, who did not thoroughly perhaps fee into the nature of the requeft his...
Page 378 - Powder and ball were diflributed to the foldiers- feveral pieces of cannon were drawn from the arfenal, and planted at the palace, the bridges, and other parts of the town, but particularly at all the avenues leading to it. Soldiers...
Page 328 - ... of power that conftitution had allotted to him ; and took every opportunity to declare that he confidered it as his greateft glory to be the firft citizen of a free people. He feemed intent only on baniming corruption, and promoting union; he declared he would be of no party but that of the nation ; and that he would ever pay the moft implicit obedience to whatever the Diet ihould enact.

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