Lives of the Most Eminent Foreign Statesmen: Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz; Jean Baptiste Colbert, marquis de Seignelai; John de Witt, grand pensionary of Holland; François Michel Le Tellier, marquis de Louvoís

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1836 - Statesmen
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Page 186 - Chambre de 1'Edit, which, though composed almost exclusively of catholics, had, according to the confession of the protestants themselves, rendered the most impartial justice in all their causes. Colbert struggled against this proceeding as long as it was possible, but was in the end forced to yield; for he was not only resisting the arbitrary prejudices of his master, the religious prejudices of the clergy of France, and the envious activity of Louvois and Le Tellier, but he was resisting also a...
Page 277 - He had a great clearness of apprehension ; and when anything was proposed to him, how new soever, he heard all patiently, and then asked such questions as occurred to him ; and by the time he had done all this, he was as much master of the proposition as the person was that had made it.
Page 128 - Fantôme révéré sous un titre onéreux; Vois combien des grandeurs le comble est dangereux ; Contemple de Fouquet les funestes reliques, Et, tandis qu'à sa perte en secret tu t'appliques, Crains qu.on ne te prépare un destin plus affreux : Sa chute quelque jour te peut être commune.
Page 54 - the parliament less disposed than ever to engage in war, on account of the desertion of the army of Turenne : I saw the deputies at Ruel rendered bolder than at first, by the success of their prevarication: I saw the people of Paris as well disposed to bring in the archduke as they would have been to receive the duke of Orleans: I saw that that foreign prince, with his chaplet always in his hand, and Fuensaldanes with his money, would in eight days have more power in the capital than the whole of...
Page 255 - ... vessel of the fleet. He accordingly weighed anchor on the 16th of August 1665, and, with the wind at SSW, sailed without difficulty through the dreaded passage, followed in safety by the whole .Dutch fleet. Though surprise might be mingled with some degree of mortification, the Dutch officers could not but respect the man they had unsuccessfully opposed ; and from that day forward the passage, which he had been the first to open for the Dutch commerce, received the name of De Witt's Diep.
Page 45 - Having held a council of war," he said, addressing the parliament, "to know whether we should give battle or not, it was resolved unanimously not to do so, and not to hazard the lives of a great number of infantry, composed of the burghers of Paris, who had gone out under arms, and whose courage and resolution we cannot sufficiently praise — for fear of making their wives and children cry ! if we should have met with the loss of some of them, which, indeed, would have been inevitable.
Page 204 - Pomponne in some degree to interfere with his duties to the state, and occupied his time and attention when graver matters required immediate consideration. In the year 1679, the marquis de Croissi had been sent to the court of Munich to negotiate a marriage between the dauphin and the princess of Bavaria, for the purpose of engaging the duke of that country in the interests of Louis XIV., whose ambitious views already rendered it probable that the war between France and the empire would speedily...
Page 225 - ... the same time have established our commerce and fishery ; as to which the articles of the said treaty (especially in regard of the fishery) are expressed in the most desirable terms. Yet those that conceived themselves bound as slaves to the house of Orange did not only oppose the concluding of the foresaid desirable treaty, but also sent away those ambassadors with all manner of reproach and dishonour...
Page 128 - Et, tandis qu'à sa perte en secret tu t'appliques, Crains qu.on ne te prépare un destin plus affreux : Sa chute quelque jour te peut être commune. Crains ton poste, ton rang, la cour et la fortune. Nul ne tombe innocent doù l'on te voit monté. Cesse donc d'animer ton prince à son supplice; Et, près d'avoir besoin de toute sa bonté, Ne le fais pas user de toute sa justice.
Page 262 - After above two hours' discourse in private on these subjects/' says the British ambassador, "I left him, and judgehim either to be a plain, steady man, or very artificial , in seeming so ; more properly homme de ban sens, than homme d'esprit, pointing still to that which is solid in business, and not to be imposed upon easily. These I take to be his talents ; so that whoever deals with him must go the same plain way that he pretends to in his negotiations, without refining or colouring, or offering...

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