The Napoleon Anecdotes: Illustrating the Mental Energies of the Late Emperor of France; and the Characters and Actions of His Contemporary Statesmen and Warriors, Volume 3

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William Henry Ireland
C. S. Arnold, 1823

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Page 78 - At the extremity of the great nave behind the altar, and mounted upon a tribune designed or ornamented by Michael Angelo, stands a sort of throne, composed of precious materials, and supported by four gigantic figures. A glory of seraphim, with groups of angels, sheds a brilliant light upon its splendours. This throne enshrines the real, plain, wormeaten, -wooden chair, on which St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, is said to have pontificated...
Page 24 - Tyrant/ in a third a ' Monster/ and in one of them, which I really did not expect, I am described as a ' Coward ' ; but it turned out, after all, that the writer did not accuse me of avoiding danger in the field of battle, or flying from an enemy, or fearing to look at the menaces of fate and fortune...
Page 82 - ... inadequate allurements which are offered to us there. God can never have willed such a contradiction to his infinite goodness, especially for an act of this kind ; and what is it after all, but wishing to return to him a little sooner...
Page 104 - Jaffa, defended it to the last, and cost me a number of brave men to take it, whose lives would have been spared if the others had not reinforced the garrison of Jaffa. Moreover, before I attacked the town, I sent them a flag of truce. Immediately afterwards we saw the head of the bearer elevated on a pole over the wall Now if I had spared them again, and sent them away upon their parole, they would directly have gone to St. Jean d'Acre, where they would have played me over again the same trick that...
Page 70 - I never saw such a horrid countenance. He sat on a chair opposite to my sofa, and on the little table between us there was a cup of coffee. His physiognomy made such an...
Page 83 - we will live " on the past : there is enough of it to satisfy us. " Do we not enjoy the life of Caesar and that of '" Alexander? We shall possess still more, you will
Page 12 - is a corrupt man, who has betrayed all parties and persons. Wary and circumspect; always a traitor, but always in conspiracy with fortune ; Talleyrand treats his enemies as if they were one day to become his friends ; and his friends, as if they were to become his enemies. He is a man of unquestionable talent, but venal in everything. Nothing could be done with him but by means of bribery.
Page 60 - This I knew would produce an immediate change of ministry. The indignation against them for having caused the loss of forty thousand of the flower of the English army would have excited such a popular feeling that they would have been turned out.
Page 27 - I ordered immediately the chiefe of the medical staff to consult together upon what was best to be done, and to give me their opinion on the subject. Accordingly they met, and found that there were seven or eight men...
Page 150 - you cannot possibly go, the journey is too long, and will be too fatiguing for you.' — ' Not at all,' Josephine would reply. — ' Besides, I must set out instantly.' —

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