Life of Napoleon Buonaparte: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution, Volume 1

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R. Cadell, 1843 - France
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Page 29 - Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate, Fix'd fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute, And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Page 324 - The world, for the first time, heard an assembly of men, born and educated in civilization, and assuming the right to govern one of the finest of the European nations, uplift their united voice to deny the' most solemn truth which man's soul receives, and renounce unanimously the belief and worship of a Deity.
Page 350 - The captives were carried in triumph to the Convention, who, without admitting them to the bar, ordered them, as outlaws, for instant execution. As the fatal cars passed to the guillotine, those who filled them, but especially Robespierre, were overwhelmed with execrations from the friends and relatives of victims whom he had sent on the same melancholy road. The nature of his previous wound, from which the cloth had never been removed till the executioner tore it off, added to the torture of the...
Page 325 - ... the permanence of which leads most strongly to the consolidation of society, to the state of a mere civil contract of a transitory character, which any two persons might engage in, and cast loose at pleasure, when...
Page 350 - ... irresolute hand, and failed. Couthon lay beneath the table brandishing a knife, with which he repeatedly wounded his bosom, without daring to add force enough to reach his heart. Their chief, Robespierre, in an unsuccessful attempt to shoot himself, had only inflicted a horrible fracture on his under-jaw.
Page 349 - Wretch, were these the means you promised to furnish ? " said Coffinhal to Henriot, whom he found intoxicated and incapable of resolution or exertion ; and seizing on him as he spoke, he precipitated the revolutionary general from a window. Henriot survived the fall only to drag himself into a drain, in which he was afterwards discovered and brought out to execution. The younger Robespierre * threw himself from the window, but had not the good fortune to perish on the spot. It seemed as if even the...
Page 143 - ... for that purpose. It left the internal state of France to be decided by the king restored to his liberty, with the free consent of the states of his kingdom, and it did not contain one word relative to the dismemberment of France.
Page 278 - The National Convention declares, in the name of the French nation, that it will grant fraternity and assistance to all...
Page 163 - Let us follow that rabble,' said Bonaparte to me. We got before them, and went to walk in the gardens, on the terrace overlooking the water. From this station he beheld the disgraceful occurrences that ensued. I should fail in attempting to depict the surprise and indignation roused within him.
Page 325 - This impious and ridiculous mummery had a certain fashion ; and the installation of the Goddess of Reason was renewed and imitated throughout...

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