The revolutions of Spain, from 1808 to the end of 1836: With biographical sketches of the most distinguished personages, and a narrative of the war in the peninsula down to the present time, from the most authentic sources, Volume 1

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R. Bentley, 1837 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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Page 198 - Cortes; a prerogative which otherwise never would have been left at the will of the Congress. Every thing was thus placed at the disposal of the Cortes, who on the very day of their installation, and as a commencement of their acts, stripped me of the sovereignty which the deputies themselves had just before acknowledged, nominally attributing it to the nation, in order to appropriate it to themselves, and by this usurpation enact such laws as they deemed fit, imposing on the people the obligation...
Page 152 - I am much afraid, from what I have seen of the proceedings of the Central Junta, that in the distributions of their forces they do not consider military defence and military operations, so much as they do political intrigue and the attainment of trifling political objects.
Page 337 - But if there exist imperfections in the frame of the government of France, or of England respectively, should we consent to reform those imperfections, on the demand of a foreign power, and under the menace of a foreign war as the penalty of our refusal ? Even by the mode in which the demand was made by France, that...
Page 253 - if a declaration of any such determination should be made at Verona, come what might, he should refuse the king's consent to become a party to it, even though the dissolution of the alliance should be the consequence of the refusal.
Page 7 - Algeciras, Gibraltar, and the Canary Islands ; Count and Countess of Barcelona ; Lords of Biscay and Molina...
Page 182 - ... parts, is the most extraordinary of the many singularities which marked the Spanish contest. " In the new representative plan, neither population nor wealth was taken as a basis. Valencia, with 1,040,740 souls, was allowed nineteen deputies ; whilst Granada, including Malaga, and containing 1,100,640...
Page 131 - Vous sentez que ceci n'est encore qu'un projet, et que, quoique j'aie 100,000 hommes en Espagne, il est possible, par les circonstances qui peuvent survenir, ou que je marche directement et que tout soit fait dans quinze jours, ou que je marche plus lentement et que cela soit le secret de plusieurs mois d'opérations.
Page 198 - Cortes, who on the very day of their installation, and as a commencement of their acts, stripped me of the sovereignty which the deputies themselves had just before acknowledged, nominally attributing it to the nation, in order to appropriate it to themselves, and by this usurpation enact such laws as they deemed fit, imposing on the people the obligation of forcibly receiving them in the form of a new constitution, which the deputies established, and afterwards sanctioned and published in 1812,...
Page 276 - Madrid have been rejected, leaves little hope of preserving peace. I have ordered the recall of my minister: one hundred thousand Frenchmen, commanded by a prince of my family^'— by him whom my heart delights to call my son — are ready to march, invoking the God of St. Louis, for the sake of preserving the throne of Spain to a descendant of Henry 4th—- of saving that fine kingdom from its ruin, and of reconciling it with Europe.
Page 60 - Christendom by an equal balance of power, (which is the best and most solid foundation of a mutual friendship, and of a concord which will be lasting on all sides...

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