History of Switzerland

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1832 - Switzerland - 360 pages
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Page 252 - ... flag on the summit of Mont Blanc, on the left bank of the Rhine, and at the mouth of the Scheldt, and with establishing the limits of their empire by the natural boundaries of the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Mediterranean and the ocean. With a view to secure their territories against the future aggressions of the continental powers, they purposed to form a series of dependent republics along the line of their frontiers, as a kind of outwork, to remove the point of attack. At the extremities of this...
Page ii - E senza dubbio chi volesse ne' presenti tempi fare una repubblica, più facilità troverebbe negli uomini montanari dove non è alcuna civiltà, che in quelli che sono usi a vivere nelle...
Page 286 - This license shall not be given, till the MS. has been examined, to see if it contains any thing reprehensible. In both cases, it must be signed by the author and the printer, and deposited in the chancery. "3. The" author, printer, or bookseller, who shall transgress this order, shall...
Page 148 - Moreover, the confederates were divided among themselves — some being for the Papacy, some for France, and some for the Empire: whereby the old simplicity and brotherly love were extinguished, and the bond of the confederacy loosened. A lewd and wanton life was commonly practised, with gluttony, gaming, dancing, and all manner of wantonness, day and night, especially where diets were held, as at Zurich, Lucerne, and Baden. The common people, in town and country, were drawn away from honest labour...
Page 266 - ... 10th of December, 1803, Swiss delegates were received in the office of foreign affairs at Paris, to hear a note of Bonaparte read, in which he addressed them as president of the French and Cisalpine republics, and laid down the basis of his intended mediation. " A federal constitution," he said, " is a point of prime necessity for you.
Page 285 - Art. 1 . No foreigner shall fix his legal residence in any canton, unless he have previously obtained permission. " 2. Every foreigner is obliged to give notice to the police, within twenty-four hours after his arrival in the canton. " 3. Foreigners who after their arrival in the canton shall desire to remain more than three weeks, shall apply to the director-general of police, at the Alien-office. " 4. Foreigners who shall reside in the canton without being authorised shall be sentenced to pay a...
Page 286 - 5. Keepers of furnished hotels, innkeepers, and householders, who shall have lodged foreigners without permission, shall be liable to a fine of 1000 florins, and to three months' imprisonment ; in case of a repetition of the offence, the penalty shall be doubled.
Page 280 - It is far from being a necessary consequence (as is very justly observed in Coxe's Travels), that because the authenticity of the story concerning the apple is liable to some doubts, therefore the whole tradition relating to Tell is fabulous. Neither is it a proof against the reality of a fact, that it is not mentioned by contemporary historians. The general history of William Tell is repeatedly celebrated in old German songs, so remarkable for their ancient dialect and simplicity, as...
Page 183 - Calvin was born at Noyon, in Picardy, on the 10th of July, 1509. He was only eight years old when Luther posted his theses.
Page 251 - ... German Empire and Italy. The reduction, therefore, of Switzerland, was a favourite object of the republican rulers, and was only suspended by the dread of adding its people to the host of enemies who menaced France on all sides; they accordingly temporised under the mask of friendship, and succeeded in preserving the neutrality of the Helvetic confederacy, by fomenting the national antipathy to the house of Austria. Yet even during this specious display of friendship, their agents industriously...

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