History of the Peace; Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854 Volume 1

History of the Peace; Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854 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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...Sultan Selim accounts of the irresistible power of Napoleon; and then, the Russian ambassador, in high irritation, going on board an English ship, and thence threatening Selim with all the hosts of Alexander; and next, Mr. Wellesley Pole forcing himself into Selim's presence, in his riding-dress, and whip in hand, and declaring that if the demands of Russia were not immediately complied with, a British fleet should enter the Dardanelles, and lay Constantinople in ashes; and again, Selim whispering to Sebastiani that he should like to be Napoleon's friend, but is afraid of Russia and England. Before the end of 1806, Russia had driven Selim into the arms of France; and war was declared at the Porte just after Napoleon's victories in Prussia had filled Alexander with alarm. His troops had overrun some Turkish territory before war was declared; but just at this juncture, he wanted all his forces for the defence of his own frontier. He dreaded the effects of withdrawing them from the Turkish provinces, which would immediately fight for France; but he must do it. He besought the British to undertake another of those " diversions " which began to sound i Annual Register, 1807, p. 223. Chap. I. BEFORE CONSTANTINOPLE. 227 so disagreeably to the ears of Englishmen; to send a fleet of theirs, which was cruising in the iEgean Sea, up to Constantinople, and to compel Selim to relinquish his alliance with France, and make terms with Russia and England. The Grenville Cabinet were rather glad of an opportunity of obliging Alexander, to whom they had refused both money and land troops, and whose friendship it was important to retain; and they gave orders to Sir John Duckworth, then cruising off Ferrol, to join Admiral Louis at the mouth of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236655680
  • 9781236655684