Malta and Its Knights

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Pardon and Son, 1871 - Malta - 355 pages

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Page 354 - Some time had already elapsed, and the affair of the rebels had ceased to be talked of, when a priest returning home on a donkey, from a rather solitary quarter in the direction of the fort, was assailed by a man dressed in the Froberg uniform, who pointed his musket at him over a wall, and apparently intended to make him the receptacle of its contents.
Page 334 - Sicilian Majesty that he will never cede the sovereignty of the island to any power without the consent of his Britannic Majesty. The poor islanders have been so grievously oppressed by the Order, that many times have we been pressed to accept of the island for Great Britain, and I know if we had, his Sicilian Majesty would have been contented; but as I said before, I attach no value to it for us, but it is a place of such consequence to the French, that any expense ought to be incurred to drive...
Page 159 - Adieu, ye mansions where — I've ventured ! Adieu, ye cursed streets of stairs ! (How surely he who mounts you swears !) Adieu, ye merchants often failing ! Adieu, thou mob for ever railing ! Adieu, ye packets — without letters ! Adieu, ye fools — who ape your betters...
Page 341 - XI. — The articles of capitulation being signed, the gate, called " Des Bombes," shall be given up to the English general ; and occupied by a guard consisting of an equal number of French and English, with orders to permit neither the soldiers of the besieging army, nor any inhabitant of the island whatsoever, to enter the city until the French troops shall be embarked and out of sight of the port. As soon as the embarkation shall have taken place, the English troops shall occupy the gates, and...
Page 302 - Commander-in-chief, shall be permitted to return to their own country, and their residence in Malta shall be considered in the same light as if they inhabited France. The French Republic will likewise use its influence with the Cisalpine, Ligurian, Roman, and Helvetian Republics, that this third article may remain in force for the knights of those several nations. Article 4.
Page 141 - English hearts and English swords now protect those ramparts which formerly glistened with the ensigns of the Order of St. John ; and should occasion ever demand the sacrifice, the world will find that British blood can be poured forth like water in the defence of that rock which the common consent of Europe has entrusted to her hands.
Page 204 - Sonnini, who beheld them in port, has furnished the following superb description. " They were armed, or rather embarassed, with an incredible number of hands ; the general alone had eight hundred men on board. They were superbly ornamented ; gold blazed on the numerous basso-relievos and sculptures on the stern ; enormous sails, striped with blue and white, carried on their middle a great cross of Malta, painted red. Their elegant flags floated majestically. In a word, every thing concurred, when...
Page 318 - Command in the Foudroyant. Darby is on his passage up with a Convoy. How will he like this ? Not much, but the Earl does not consult his wishes. God bless you, my dear Ball, and believe me ever your most affectionate friend, NELSON. PS — In case of the Surrender of Malta, I beg you will not do anything which can hurt the feelings of their Majesties. Unite their Flag with England's, if it cannot, from the disposition of the Islanders, fly alone.
Page 189 - Had a man no other business to invite him, yet it were sufficiently worth a man's cost and paines to make a voyage out of England, on purpose to see that noble cytty of Malta, and their works and fortifications about it.
Page 188 - Before wee com to the cytty a boate with the Malteese flagg in it corns to us to know whence wee cam. Wee told them from England ; they asked if wee had a bill of health for prattick, viz. entertaynment ; our Capt. told them that he had no bill but what was in his gunns mouths.

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