Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky: Consisting of His Military Operations in Poland, His Exile Into Kamchatka ... with an Account of the French Settlement He was Appointed to Form Upon the Island of Madagascar, Written by Himself, Volume 1

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G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790 - Madagascar
 

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Page 244 - I entreated him to retire. His wife and children threw themselves on their knees, but nothing would avail; he flew upon me, seized me by the throat, and left me no other alternative than either to give up my own life, or run my sword through his body. At this period the petard, by which my associates attempted to make a breach, exploded, and burst the outer gate.
Page 212 - I was prevented only by the fear lest she should refuse my proposals on account of her attachment to her parents ; but that, as I now had nothing to fear in that...
Page 33 - Brincken, at the head of four thousand men. The count was at first compelled to give way ; but, on the arrival of his cannon, he, in his turn, forced the colonel to retire, who at last quitted the field, and retreated towards Stry.
Page 236 - ... careful of the life of her father, and not endanger my own. I tenderly embraced this charming young lady, and thanked her for the interest she took in my preservation ; and as it appeared important that her absence should not be discovered, I begged her to return and recommend the issue of our intentions to good fortune. Before her departure I reminded her to look minutely after her father, and to...
Page 212 - I made of her refolution, and the event convinced me, that fhe was perfectly determined to follow my fortunes. The fecret being thus fecure, by her promife to keep it inviolably, I had no other uneafinefs remaining but what arofe from the communication having been made to her fervant. I mentioned my...
Page 272 - The exiles are employed in fea affairs, and there is no year which is not fignalized by fome revolt. This difpofition which is maintained by defpair, will open the entrance of Siberia to the firft comer, and I can confidently affirm, that the arrival of the firft foreign veflel will produce a revolution in Siberia : for from Ochoczk to Tobolczk there are at leaft one hundred and fixty thoufand exiles, or their defcendants, all bearing arms.
Page 244 - ... would avail ; he flew upon me, seized me by the throat, and left me no other alternative than either to give up my own life, or run my sword through his body. At this period the petard, by which my associates attempted to make a breach, exploded, and burst the outer gate. The second was open, and I saw Mr. Panow enter at the head of a party. He entreated the governor to let me go, but not being able to prevail on him, he set me at liberty by splitting his skull.
Page 34 - Polcne, his neglected wound had fo far endangered his life, that his conductor was induced to apply to colonel Sirkow, the commanding officer at that place, 'and he was...
Page 35 - ... distressed situation. Twentytwo days were thus consumed in a subterraneous prison, together with eighty of his companions, without light, and even without air, except what was admitted through an aperture which communicated with the casements.

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