A Pictorial History of France

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E.H. Butler & Company, 1861 - 348 pages
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Page 324 - Kiss me, Hardy," said he. Hardy knelt down and kissed his cheek ; and Nelson said, " Now I am satisfied. Thank God I have done my duty !" Hardy stood over him in silence for a moment or two, then knelt again and kissed his forehead. " Who is that ?" said Nelson ; and being informed, he replied,
Page 324 - none of our ships have struck, Hardy.' 'No, my Lord,' replied Captain Hardy,' there is no fear of that.' Lord Nelson then said: ' I am a dead man, Hardy. I am going fast: it will be all over with me soon. Come nearer to me. Pray let my dear Lady Hamilton have my hair, and all other things belonging to me.
Page 317 - Pierre, at which point there ended every thing resembling a practicable road. An immense, and apparently inaccessible mountain, reared its head among general desolation and eternal frost ; while precipices, glaciers, ravines, and a boundless extent of faithless snows, which the slightest concussion of the air converts into avalanches capable of burying armies in their descent, appeared to forbid access to all living things but the chamois, and his scarce less wild pursuer.
Page 317 - The musical bands played from time to time at the head of the regiments, and, in places of , unusual difficulty, the drums beat a charge, as if to encourage the soldiers to encounter the opposition of Nature herself.
Page 324 - Hardy," said he. As they carried him down the ladder, he remarked that the tiller ropes had been shot away, and ordered them to be replaced. Then, with his handkerchief he covered his features and decorations...
Page 325 - June, 1807, the two Emperors, in the midst of thousands of spectators, embarked at the same moment from the opposite banks of the river. Buonaparte was attended by Murat, Berthier, Bessieres, Duroc, and Caulaincourt ; Alexander, by his brother the Archduke Constantine, Generals Bennigsen and Ouwarrow, with the Count de Lieven, one of his aides-de-camp.
Page 89 - His first great improvement was to pave the streets, and the circumstance which led to his making this improvement is thus quaintly told by an old historian. " The king, one day walking about in his royal palace, went to the window to divert his thoughts by watching the course of the river. Wagons drawn by horses were traversing the city, and by throwing up the mud, made such an intolerable stench that the king could not endure it. He at that moment conceived a difficult but necessary project —...
Page 212 - ... dress. The marechal de Bassompierre owns in his memoirs that he had once a coat trimmed with pearls, that cost nine hundred pounds. The following is a description of a fine gentleman's dress in the beginning of the seventeenth century:—" He was clothed in silver tissue, his shoes were white, as also his stockings. His cloak was black, bordered with rich embroidery, and lined with cloth of silver: his bonnet was of black velvet, and he wore besides a profusion of precious stones.
Page 263 - Frederic, after another campaign, was compelled to retire before him, and peace was restored between Prussia and Austria. The French army in the Low Countries was in the mean time very successful. It was commanded by marechal Saxe, a natural son of Augustus II. of Poland, one of the ablest generals whom any age has produced, and no less remarkable for his prudence as a commander than for the great impetuosity of his natural character. On the...

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