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 Drawn from the Original and Unpublished Documents, Volume 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815 - Spain
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Page 86 - Blecourt advanced with the confidence of a man who expected a declaration in his favour ; but the Spaniard, casting on him a look of indifference, advanced to Harrach and embraced him with a fervour which announced the most joyful tidings. Maliciously prolonging his compliment, and repeating his embrace, he said, " Sir, it is with the greatest pleasure — sir, it is with the greatest satisfaction — for my whole life, I take my leave of the most illustrious house of Austria.
Page 338 - Hercules ; and this siege, which has been undertaken with more perseverance and spirit than means of insuring success, would have been happily terminated if those means had been provided. But in Spain, to use the •old proverb, we live only from day to day, and think not of remedies till evils appear.
Page 159 - ... character, and it is so lucid in its statement and such an admirable specimen of pen portraiture that it is given in its entirety: " She was above the middle size, a brunette with expressive blue eyes; and her face, though without pretension to beauty, was uncommonly interesting. She had a fine figure, a majestic and dignified air, rather attractive than intimidating, and united with such numberless graces, even in trifles, that I have never seen her equal either in person or mind. Flattering,...
Page 76 - ... sunk under the struggle of contending passions, and a crisis in his disorder announced approaching dissolution. With a view still farther to stimulate his tender conscience, Portocarrero exposed to him his awful situation, on the verge of eternity, and persuaded him to receive the spiritual counsel of the most pious divines to assist his devotions, and prepare him to die with resignation. In the midst of those lugubrious ceremonies with which the Catholic Church appals the minds of the dying,...
Page 343 - I would not trust a Spaniard, however brave, with the defence of a steeple ; they fight duels, but as a body, and for their country, is an idea which never enters their heads.
Page 25 - He was appointed master of the horse, and was elevated to the rank of a grandee of the first class, with the title of Marques de Villa Sierra.
Page 354 - The negotiations occupied six days, when conditions were agreed to — that the garrison should march out with the honours of war, and that all the ammunition, stores, &c., in the castle be delivered up without injury to the besieging army.
Page 149 - ... treatment of his wife. Among his sententious remarks, the following are of special interest: " The queen is the first of your subjects, in which quality, as well as in that of your wife, she is bound to obey you. You are bound to love her, but you will never love her as you ought if her tears have any power to extort from you indulgences derogatory to your glory. Be firm, then, at first. I well know that the first refusals will grieve you, and are repugnant to your natural mildness; but fear...
Page 76 - French, and im-i portuned on the other by the Queen and Austrian partizans, the debilitated frame of Charles sunk under the struggle of contending passions ; and a crisis in his disorder announced his approaching dissolution. With a view still farther to stimulate his tender conscience, Portocarrero exposed to him his awful situation on the verge of eternity ; and persuaded him to receive the spiritual counsels of the most pious divines to assist his devotions, and prepare him to die with resignation....

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