History of Hernando Cortez

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Harper & brothers, 1855 - Mexico - 348 pages
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Page 77 - Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For he knoweth our frame ; He remembereth that we are dust.
Page 346 - Cromwell, Cromwell, Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies.
Page 181 - Who could count the multitude of men, women, and children, which thronged the streets, the canals, and terraces on the tops of the houses, on that day! The whole of what I saw on this occasion is so strongly imprinted in my memory, that it appears to me as if it had happened only yesterday...
Page 56 - You are few in number, but strong in resolution; and, if this does not falter, doubt not but that the Almighty, who has never deserted the Spaniard in his contest with the infidel, will shield you, though encompassed by a cloud of enemies; for your cause is a just cause, and you are to fight under the banner of the cross. Go forward, then," he concluded, "with alacrity and confidence, and carry to a glorious issue the work so auspiciously begun.
Page 260 - I have done," said he, addressing himself to the Spanish general, "what became a monarch. I have defended my people to the last extremity. Nothing now remains but to die.
Page 348 - It has long been a question, whether one can conscientiously hold property in Indian slaves. Since this point has not yet benn determined, I enjoin it on my son Martin and his heirs, that they spare no pains to come to an exact knowledge of the truth ; as a matter which deeply concerns the conscience of each of them, no less than...
Page 279 - ... us, I caused Spaniards to be stationed through all the streets to prevent our allies from destroying the wretched persons who came out in such multitudes. I also charged the captains of our allies to forbid, by all means in their power, the slaughter of these fugitives ; yet all my precautions were insufficient to prevent it, and that day more Cannonading ihe city.
Page 142 - When all this was communicated to us," says Diaz, " being but mortal, and, like all others, fearing death, we prepared for battle by confessing to our reverend fathers, who were occupied during that whole night in that holy office." Cortez released his captive chiefs, and sent them with an amicable message to their counTlascalanian mode of making peace. Cortez prepares for battle. trymen, stating that he asked only an unmolested passage through their country to Mexico, but sternly declaring, " If...
Page 130 - I have chosen my part. I will remain here, while there is one to bear me company. If there be any so craven as to shrink from sharing the dangers of our glorious enterprise, let them go home, in God's name. There is still one vessel left. Let them take that and return to Cuba. They can tell there how they deserted their commander and their comrades, and patiently wait till we return loaded with the spoils of the Aztecs.
Page 285 - The other party were absent somewhat longer, for they took a different course, and traveled one hundred and fifty leagues before they reached the sea, of which they also took possession, and brought me a full account of the coast, with some of the natives of the country. I received the strangers in both parties graciously, and having informed them of the great power of your majesty, and made them some presents, I suffered them to depart on their return to their own country, and they went away much...

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