The Foes of the French Revolution, Centralization and Anarchy

The Foes of the French Revolution, Centralization and Anarchy

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...have been forgotten, and their ideas upon the limits of power become confused. Buta constitution has been born! and with it comes liberty and peace to France. As a citizen, it is your duty to cherish it--as King to' strengthen and defend it. "Far from lessening your power, it has confirmed it, and has given you friends in those who formerly were styled your subjects. You said only a few days ago in this temple of our country, that you had need of being beloved by all Frenchmen; we, also, have need of being beloved by you. The Constitution has rendered you the greatest monarch in the world; your attachment to it will place your Majesty among the Kings most beloved by the people. Strong by our union, we shall soon feel its salutary efforts. To purify legislation, support public credit, and crush anarchy, such is our duty, such our wishes. Such be yours, Sire, and the blessing of the French nation will be your best recompense." These patriotic sentiments were heartily approved by the Assembly, and all Paris went into transports of joy once more over the supposed settlement of their public affairs. All former animosities, engendered by the treachery of the King, his flight, and his memorial seem now to have passed into oblivion, and in this gush of generosity General Lafayette's request for amnesty for all those who had participated in the conspiracy to abduct the King was granted. Were these generous impulses of an over credulous people reciprocated by the court? Or were the King's candid expressions of loyalty to the Constitution and the Nation mere platitudes, uttered solely for the purpose of deceiving the people and gaining time for perfecting his brother-in-law's European coalition? ' Such is claimed to be...
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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962877
  • 9781236962874