The Century Volume . 50

The Century Volume . 50

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...of War between us and England. War in fact exists between England and the United States (Same words as the War Act). He had told us that we were without honor, without energy, without just views, that we are as much a colony as Jamaica, that we should be compelled to fight for interest though we would not fight for honor, etc. What would have been the language and the conduct of a representative of the Roman Republic under circumstances like these? No messenger from that Republic would have approached a Court under circumstances like these. Rome would have sent an Embassy of Arms. She never would have bent her stern Republican virtue, even to treat of matters of interest while such foul aspersions lay against her honor. Her right hand would have rested on the hilt of her half-drawn sword, while a moment--and but a moment--should be allowed to inflated arrogance and tyranny, to make its peace with offended independence and insulted dignity. But we do not live in the days of the Romans. Not only had she not sent her Envoy to such a Court, in such a case, with olive-branches in both his hands. She would have blocked the avenues to her capitol--her Senators had sat like so many blocks of marble, deaf alike to entreaty and dead to considerations of interest till such a blot had been effaced from the national escutcheon. The minister was received in France with all imaginable respect and graciousness. The Emperor, unluckily, was not in his capital, but his faithful representative, the Duke of Bassano, hastened to tender him the homage of his high consideration. He was anxiously desirous of seeing the minister as soon as possible, and with as little ceremony. He said the most flattering things from the Emperor, relative to his appointment. The Emperor...show more

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  • Paperback | 606 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,066g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236486382
  • 9781236486387