Memoirs of the kings of Spain of the House of Bourbon: from the accession of Philip V. to the death of Charles III. 1700 to 1788. Drawn from the original and unpublished documents

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815 - Spain
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Page 104 - Guise. I can have no further communication with you but in arms. If you have any humanity, pray send clothing for your unfortunate prisoners in my possession.
Page 70 - Lisbon, where he was stationed ; the concealed design of which was to cover an attempt to create a suspicion and misunderstanding between that Court and France. " Notwithstanding this impediment, Mr Hussey faithfully persisted in the purposes of his undertaking, and in the course of a conversation with Florida Blanca, took occasion to probe him upon the supposed engagement of Spain with France not to make peace without her participation and concurrence. The train took fire, as intended.
Page 203 - While treating on a subject so important to the colonial system of Spain, it is satisfactory to advert to the humanity shown by the Spaniards toward their slaves. Household negroes were taught to read and write, and instructed in the principles of the Christian religion. Any slave, on producing to the governor proofs of ill treatment by his owner, might insist on being transferred to another master, at a price fixed by arbitration, which the master was not permitted to refuse. Should a slave by industry...
Page 219 - His dress seldom varies from a long hat, grey Segovian frock, a buff waistcoat, a small dagger, black breeches, and worsted stockings; his pockets are always stuffed with knives, gloves, and shooting tackle. On gala days a fine suit is hung upon his shoulders, but as he has an eye to his afternoon sport, and is a great economist of his time, the black breeches are worn to all coats.
Page 107 - It consisted of no more than 600 old decrepid soldiers, 200 seamen, 120 of the royal artillery, twenty Corsicans, and twenty-five Greeks, Turks, Moors, Jews, &c. The two armies were drawn up in two lines, the battalions fronting each other, forming a way for us to march through : they consisted of 14,000...
Page 70 - ... train took' fire, as intended. Piqued at the suggestion, the minister rushed to his cabinet, took out his papers, put them into Mr Hussey 's hands, declaring on his honour that those engagements contained the whole of what had been stipulated between the two allied Courts, and that no part of these could or ever should bind Spain in the manner he suggested. She was free to make peace with England independently, but he doubted the sincerity of the British Cabinet, and added with emphasis, that...
Page 220 - CHAP. so. three days in the whole year that he spends without going out a shooting ; and those are noted with the blackest mark in the calendar.* Were they to occur often, his health would be in danger ; and an accident that was to confine him to the house, would infallibly bring on a fit of illness.
Page 72 - is so great, and the national vanity is so interested in keeping so extraordinary a possession, that it seems impossible for any ministry to give it up without stipulating an equivalent. It...
Page 107 - It consisted of no more than six hundred old, decrepit soldiers, two hundred seamen, one hundred and twenty-five of the royal artillery, twenty Corsicans, and twenty-five Greeks, Turks, Moors, Jews, &c. The two armies were drawn up in two lines ; the battalions, fronting each other, forming a way for us to march through. They consisted of fourteen thousand men, and reached from the glacis to George Town, where our battalions laid down their arms, declaring they had surrendered them to God alone,...
Page 126 - ... that the attack would be crushing and invincible ; that the batteries were indestructible; " The progress of the conflagration was extremely inconsiderable. It was the same ball from which the smoke proceeded, at first from the outside, and afterwards through the interior joints. But this hidden fire, which could easily have been suppressed by removing to a distance from the constant fire of the garrison, continued in a smoking state for six hours, and did not become ungovernable till after midnight....

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