Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury, Containing an Account of His Missions to the Court of Madrid, to Frederick the Great, Catherine the Second, and at the Hague; And of His Special Missions to Volume 2

Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury, Containing an Account of His Missions to the Court of Madrid, to Frederick the Great, Catherine the Second, and at the Hague; And of His Special Missions to Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ..." l'eloignement de oeua: qu'on suspecte ne pas etre inclines 2 adopter les mesures de la France." On which the Prince iof Orange observed, "Monsieur Thulemeyer, ueut-il que fabandonne les honnetes gens afin de me licrer aux miserables?" EXTRACTS OF A DESPATCH FROM SIR JAMES HARRIS TO THE MARQUIS OF CARMARTHEN. Hague, 27th March, 1787. I HAVE from the beginning never once varied in my opinion that France knows no medium between these two 5 extremes, and that she is bent either on subduing or on destroying this country: the methods she employs may alter according to circumstances, according to the character of her Ministers, or according to that of those on whom she means to impose; but her object is uniformly the same, and nothing but necessity will ever force her to subscribe to a system short of this plan, at which she has been so long working, and to eflectuate which she has been at such an enormous expense. It is for this reason that no sincere proposal for an accommodation on fair and equitable terms has, or ever will, come from the Court of Versailles; and I every day receive fresh proofs, and such as carry the strongest conviction to the mind, that Monsieur de Rayneval was sent hither not to negotiate, but to observe; not with a wish; to terminate the disserrsions of the Republic, but solely to _ examine how they could be best applied to the completion of the views of his Court. I have received this morning in the strictest confidence from Nimeguen a copy of some proposals the Baron Thulemeyer laid on Saturday last before the Prince and Princess of Orange, so distinctly marked with the features I have just described, that they almost unavoidably led me to express what I so...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810465
  • 9781236810465