The History of the French Revolution, Volume 3

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Page 315 - For his gallantry, he was made a knight of the Bath, rear-admiral of the blue, and appointed to the command of the inner squadron at the blockade of Cadiz.
Page 324 - Mameloucs are an invincible race, inhabiting a burning desert, mounted on the fleetest horses in the world, and full of courage. They live with their wives and children in flying camps, which are never pitched two nights together in the• same place. They are horrible savages, and yet they have some notion of gold and silver ! a small quantity of it serves to excite their admiration.
Page 90 - Soldiers, you have rushed like a torrent from the top of the Apennines ; you have overthrown and scattered all that opposed your march. Piedmont, delivered from Austrian tyranny, indulges her natural sentiments of peace and friendship towards France.
Page 205 - brave soldiers make war and desire peace. Has not this war lasted six years ? Have we not slain men enough, and inflicted calamities enough on suffering humanity? It cries out on all sides. Europe, which had taken up arms against the French republic, has laid them down. Your nation alone is left, and yet blood is about to be spilt more abundantly than ever.
Page 161 - I had ordered him not to sail or to engage the English, — determined to destroy himself, and accordingly took his plates of the heart and compared them with his breast. Exactly in the centre of the plate he made a mark with a large pin, then fixed the pin as near as he could judge in the same spot in his own breast, shoved it in to the head, penetrated his heart, and expired. When the room was opened, he was found dead ; the pin in his breast and a mark in the plate corresponding with the wound...
Page 95 - Bessieres, who was about the same age, was a larger man than Lannes ; like him, he was from the south, as the accent of both sufficiently testified, and like him he had a mania for powder, but with a striking difference in the cut of his hair ; a small lock at each side projected like little dog's ears, and his long and thin Prussian cue supplied the place of the Cadogan of Lannes. He had good teeth, a slight cast in the eye, but not to a disagreeable extent ; and a rather propossessing address.
Page 88 - ... young general, who, when he made his appearance in the camp, was received by the veterans, and saluted with his new title. They made him a corporal at Lodi, and a serjeant at Castiglione ; and hence the surname of "Petit Caporal," which was for a long time applied to Napoleon by the soldiers.
Page 352 - ... are around you, and call aloud for vengeance ; it is your duty to avenge their death — it is your duty to strike from their blood-cemented thrones the murderers of your friends. Listen to no proposals, Irishmen ! Wage a war of extermination against your oppressors, the war of liberty against tyranny, and liberty shall triumph.
Page 161 - ... when taken prisoner and brought to England, was so much grieved at his defeat, that he studied anatomy that he might destroy himself. For this purpose he bought some anatomical plates of the heart, and compared them with his own body, in order to ascertain the exact situation of that organ. On his arrival in France, I ordered that he should remain at Rennes, and not proceed to Paris. Villeneuve, afraid of being tried by a court martial for disobedience of orders and consequently losing the fleet,...
Page 61 - ... officer, though a very brave man, as Bonaparte himself assured us, felt a presentiment of his approaching death. He turned pale and trembled. He •was stationed beside the general, and during an interval when the firing from the town was very strong, Bonaparte called out to him, " Take care, there is a bomb-shell coming !" The officer, instead of moving to one side, stooped down, and was literally severed in two.

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