History of the Wars of the French Revolution; Comprehending the Civil History of Great Britain and France During That Period, with an Original History of the Last War Between the United States and Great Britain by William Grimshaw Volume 2

History of the Wars of the French Revolution; Comprehending the Civil History of Great Britain and France During That Period, with an Original History of the Last War Between the United States and Great Britain by William Grimshaw Volume 2

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... incessantly employed in endeavouring to recruit his army, and to replenish his exhausted finances. The formation of twelve new regiments was announced at Paris, under the designation of volunteers, consisting of mechanics, whose shops being shut, could no longer afford them employment; and considerable supplies of troops were obtained from other quarters, though by no means in suflicient numbers, or o the best description. Since the maintenance of the French armies had I fallen principally upon their own country, the public finances ad sunk into the most deplorable state of embarrassment: and before the end of the month of January, the national bank encountered difliculties that approached to the confines of insolvency. From the report of the directors of this establishment, it appeared, that the available funds in their hands, at the time of makin that report, amounted only to 600,000. sterling, and that it had become indispenaably necessary to restrict their daily payments to a sum not exceeding 20,0001. At length, an army was assembled before Chalons, between the Marne and the Seine, and the French emperor prepared to uit his ca ital, in order to place himself at the liead of his troops. Two days revious to his departure, he assembled t e officers of the national guard, and in a speech delivered with a degree of emotion 'that seemed to indicate a presage that he was taking a final farewell, committed the empress and his infant son to their protection, and to the love of his faithful city of Paris. On the 25th of January, Napo Vitry, to which oint the French armies, under Marshals armont, Macdonald, and Victor, were retreating from different quarters. The allied anmes at the same time were concentrating, and pressing towards the...show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942736
  • 9781236942739