History of the House of Austria,: From the Foundation of the Monarchy by Rhodolph of Hapsburgh, to the Death of Leopold the Second, 1218 to 1792, Volume 2

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Luke Hansard and Sons, 1807 - Austria
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Page 32 - Lord of earth and air ! Oh king ! Oh father ! hear my humble prayer : Dispel this cloud, the light of heaven restore ; Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more: If Greece must perish, we thy will obey, but let us perish in the face of day...
Page 263 - ... she had no occasion for that weapon to conquer all who saw her. The antiquated crown received new graces from her head; and the old tattered robe of St. Stephen became her as well as her own rich habit, if diamonds, pearls, and all sorts of precious stones can be called clothes.
Page 611 - ... disappointment afforded matter of mirth, and gave to Catherine an opportunity of displaying her ease and hilarity. Joseph, who from his usual mode of travelling, was not unaccustomed to similar privations, bore his part with equal spirit and good humour; the wit and raillery of Potemkin contributed to enliven the scene, and the two sovereigns condescended to assist in preparing their scanty meal, of which they partook with more enjoyment than they had before derived from the greatest luxuries...
Page 201 - Everything in this court is running into the last confusion and ruin, where there are as visible signs of folly and madness as ever were inflicted on a people whom Heaven is determined to destroy, no less by domestic divisions than by the more public calamities of repeated defeats, defencelessness, poverty, plague, and famine.
Page 562 - To the character of Maria Theresa, as exhibited in the preceding pages, it is only necessary to add, that she was easy of access to all her subjects, affectionate to her family, kind to her domestics, and unboundedly charitable, but without ostentation. She combined private economy with public liberality, dignity with condescension, elevation of soul with humility of spirit, and the virtues of domestic life with the splendid qualities which grace a throne.
Page 531 - I regret exceedingly that the King of Prussia and myself, in our advanced years, are about to tear the gray hairs from each other's heads. My age, and my earnest desire to maintain peace are well known. My maternal heart is alarmed for the safety of my sons who are in the army. I take this step without the knowledge of my son the emperor, and I entreat that you will not divulge it. I conjure you to unite your efforts with mine to reestablish harmony.
Page 353 - I can accede, can negotiate for myself. And why am I always to be excluded, from transacting my own business ? My enemies will give me better conditions than my friends ; at least they will not refuse a peace, which they want as much as I do, for any dispute remaining between me and the king of Sardinia, about a little territory, more or less, or for the interpretation of a treaty.
Page 672 - Reichenbach, by which. Leopold agreed to enter into an. armistice with the Turks, to open a negotiation for peace under the mediation of the Maritime Powers, on the basis of the status quo, and to give an equivalent to Prussia, should he obtain any advantage or acquisition from the Porte. He also engaged not to assist Russia, should the attempts to conclude a peace between her and the Porte fail of success ; and he consented to restore to the Netherlands their ancient constitution and privileges,...
Page 29 - Carlovitz, declared war against the Venetians, conquered the Morea, and laid siege to Corfu. These rapid successes, which recalled to recollection the former preponderance of the Ottoman power, spread general alarm among the princes of Europe ; and the king of Sardinia projected a confederacy of the Italian states under the protection and guidance of France. But Charles, jealous lest this confederacy should give preeminence to the houses of Bourbon and Savoy, counteracted the league; and when the...
Page 642 - ... Brabant was thus divided by internal feuds, Joseph seized the opportunity to overthrow the constitution. By his command, Trautmansdorf summoned an extraordinary meeting of the states, and required their concurrence in the proposition for increasing the third order, and establishing a permanent subsidy. The deputies, however, boldly refused their consent, exclaiming with one accord, " though the emperor may dissolve us, we will not violate a constitution which we have solemnly pledged ourselves...

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