History of England in Which It Is Intended to Consider Men and Events on Christian Principles Volume 7

History of England in Which It Is Intended to Consider Men and Events on Christian Principles Volume 7

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...and of the losses sustained by general Lefevre in his vain attempts to storm Saragossa, which had induced the French not only to retire from Madrid, but to call back all their more advanced forces, till they had evacuated the whole of Spain, west of the river Ebro. The Spanish generals Cuesta and Blake had previously been defeated with great loss in a pitched battle, at Rio Seco, in Leon, by little more than half as many French under general Bessieres; but, when it became evident that the whole invading force had made a retrograde movement, the pride of the Spaniards would not let them draw any other conclusion, than that their nation was strong enough, and warlike enough, to conquer the conquerors of the European continent, without the need of any aiding arm. By this time, the English ministry was sending a British force to take its place among the armies of Europe, though on such a scale, and under such circumstances, as would not have encouraged a politician, exempt from the partialities of a British patriot, to 1808. FIRST BRITISH TROOPS SENT TO PENINSULA. 509 hope any important result, from its being brought into collision with the gigantic military power now wielded by the French emperor. The christian indeed, without any overweening confidence in the peculiar prowess of his countrymen, might indulge some hope, that the armament now upon the seas would be blessed with victory; because it was not sent forth to get possession of another people's territory, nor to conquer a nation, but to endeavour to rescue a grievously oppressed people from the grasp of their iniquitous oppressors; and he would know that it was not unusual with the sole Giver of victory, to make foolishness instrumental to the confounding of deep policy, and weakness to the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236671511
  • 9781236671516