Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence Volume 1

Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence Volume 1

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... forces" which, according to Dr. Watts's bad sapphic, "roll down the Baltic with a foaming fury," but a naked sea-coast with a smooth sea, enlivened by a distant view of several English men-of-war, part of a blockading squadron. Next day I took a walk of about ten miles to the little town of Rostock--a university town, and also a seaport. But no vessel was there; nor had I any prospect of being able to make my escape. In ordinary circumstances, indeed, escape would be an unmeaning term, for I was known to the sovereign, who had occasionally chatted with me at Altona. I took an early opportunity of calling upon one of his household, and begged I might be excused for not waiting on His Serene Highness, as I was aware of his position, and was anxious not to embarrass him. This message was very courteously received. I was assured of every protection in the Duke's power; but was requested not to call myself an Englishman, and excuse his affecting not to know me. The good Duke, however, could not act on his own sage counsel, for, as I was one day not far from him at the table-d'hdte, but carefully avoiding speaking to him or catching his eye, I was surprised by hearing behind me in a loud whisper, "Prosit Herr Englander." His Serene Highness had filled a bumper, and leaning back behind the guests, drank to me as an Englishman, though he had pretended to consider me an American. And one morning, having walked to the seaside, and jumped into the water from a long board built into the sea (the humble accommodation provided in those days), I was startled by a loud cry, which proceeded from the Duke at the end of the board--" Herr Englander, Herr Englander, steigen Sie gleich aus--10,000 Franzosen sind gleich angekommen, und...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517296
  • 9781236517296