History of the Revolution in England in 1688, Comprising a View of the Reign of James II Volume 2

History of the Revolution in England in 1688, Comprising a View of the Reign of James II Volume 2

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...proportion of officers, but only a few hundred privates. The Prince had received no efficient accession. The three regiments, for the levy of which he had given commissions, amounted to nothing worthy of the name.1' He evidently regarded the King as an enemy in superior force. Marshal Schomberg, upon being toH that the King was advancing to give battle, coolly replied, If- think proper.0 I have been well informed, says. Speaker Onslow, that had he (James) shown any courage and spirit on the occasion, his army would have fought the Prince of Orange. Had James manifested the requisite energy, activity, and resolution, to overawe the false and inspire the faithful, his army would, doubtless, have fought and conquered. But to do this, he must have changed his nature and become another man. The fatal and unpardonable error of James, and the most deeply felt by himself, appears to have been committed in a preceding stage. He might, and therefore should, have joined the troops before the desertions began. Hi. presence in the camp would have prevented the desertion of Lord Cornbury. Had he even placed himself at the head of the troop immediately upon that event, his presence might have maintained or restored the tone of the army. But after three days' delay in London, and three days more of inaction and faintness from anxiety of mind and loss of blood in the camp, his fortunes, to a man of his capacity and temper, were perhaps irretrievable. The chief wrong which the memory of James has suffered from ungenerous enemies, disappointed friends, and the voice of history, is the imputation of having abandoned his army with dastardly haste. He did not abandon it: he retired with the infantry, leaving the cavalry...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641760
  • 9781236641762