The Friend Volume 15

The Friend Volume 15

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...or overthrew more thrones than Napoleon. But we cannot appreciate the degree and quantity of his glory without weighing the means he possessed, and the results which he accomplished. Enough for our present purpose will be gained, if we set before us the mere resources of flesh and blood, which he called into play from the rupture of the peace of Amiens in 1804, down to his eventful exit. At that time, he had as he declared to Lord Wentworth, an army on foot of 480,000. Here follows a detail of the different levies made from 1804 to 1814. Total of men, 2,965,965. This detail, which is derived from Napoleon's official journal, the Moniteur, under the several dates, is deficient in the excess which was raised beyond the levies; but even if we deduct the casualties as well as the 300,000 men disbanded in 1815, we shall be under the mark in affirming that he slaughtered 2,500,000 human beings, and those all Frenchmen. But we have to add thousands and tens of thousands of Germans, Swiss, Poles, Italians, Neapolitans, Illyrians, whom he forced under his eagles, and at a moderate computation those cannot have fallen short of 500,000. It is obviously just to assume that the number who fell on the side of his adversaries was equal to that against which they were brought. Here then are our data for asserting, that the latter years of his glory were purchased at no less expense than 6,000,000 of human lives. This horrible inroad on the fairest portion of the population of Europe, resulted in the abandonment of every conquered territory, the bringing of foreign enemies, twice within twenty-four months, under the walls of Paris, and the erasure of his name from the records of dominion.--Paris paper. Chemical Process of Petrifying Human Flesh. The most...show more

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  • Paperback | 638 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,120g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811917
  • 9781236811912