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Page 49 - ... Kitchin does them justice. The evidence of his want of proper historical sympathy is to be found scattered through his pages. We select an instance or two at random. This is all that Mr. Kitchin has to say about Richelieu's great work, the foundation of the Academy : — " From its very foundation the Academy busied itself with the form of expression rather than with the substance of things ; it is the opposite of that other great creation of this age, the Royal Society of England, which has...
Page 451 - Prussia," wrote the veteran Lord Chancellor, Hardwicke, to Newcastle in 1748, " the Confederacy will be restored and made whole, and become a real strength ; if you do not, it will continue lame and weak, and much in the power of France.
Page 343 - The increasing incidence of the taxation on the lower and middle orders, and the growing poverty of the people, were topics which could hardly fail to arrest the attention of any intelligent traveller at that time. " The rent of lands in France is fallen one half in these few years, by reason of the poverty of the people.
Page 77 - Richelieu's life, whereon he stands for the judgment of posterity, are chiefly these: abroad, though a cardinal of the church, he arrested the Catholic reaction, freed northern from southern Europe, and made toleration possible; at home, out of the broken fragments of her liberties and her national prosperity, he paved the way for the glory of France.
Page 180 - Saw the Prince of Orange newly come to see the King his uncle ; he has a manly, courageous, wise countenance, resembling his mother and the Duke of Gloucester, both deceased. I now also saw that famous beauty, but in my opinion of a childish, simple, and baby face, Mademoiselle de Querouaille,' lately Maide of Honor to Madame, and now to be so to the Queene.
Page 58 - CARDINAL RICHELIEU is one of those men in whose favour the tide of affairs always seems to turn at the critical moment, and who also have skill and courage to take it at the turn. Vigilant, cool, sagacious, and absolutely fearless, he never throughout his life missed a single point in the great game he played ; and, even with dramatic force, knew how to snatch a triumph out of the very clutches of defeat.
Page 356 - ... degradation, and had sown the evil seeds of revolution in the days to come. He was now quite alone ; even Madame de Maintenon had deserted his dying bed. Sending for his great-grandson, a wondering child of five years old, he spoke these last words to him, " You are soon to be king of a great country. What I commend most earnestly to you is never to forget the obligations you owe to God. Remember that you owe all you are to Him. Try to keep peace with your neighbours ; I have been too fond of...