Letters on the Study and Use of History Volume 2

Letters on the Study and Use of History 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. 1752 edition. Excerpt: ... her councils, and her generals, With which thefe powers acted in the courfe of the war; who were not afhamed to find fault that the queen, once, and at the latter end of it, presumed to fufpend the operations of her troops till farther order. But be it that they forefaw what this farther order d.j-would to the other meafure that lay open to them; that, I mean, of trying, in good earneft, and in an honeft concert with the Queen, during the fufpenfion of arms, whether fuch terms of peace, as ought to fetisfy them and the other allies, might not be impofed on France? If the confederate army had broke into France, the campaign before this, or in any former campaign; and if the Germans and the Dutch had exercifed then the feme inhumanity, as the French had exercifed in their provinces in former wars j If they had burned Verfailles, and even Paris, and if they had difturbed the afhes of the dead princes that repofe at Saint Denis, every good man would have felt the horror, that fuch cruelties ihfpire: no man could have faid that the retaliation was unjuft. But in one thoufand feven hundred and twelve, it was too late, in every refpeft, to meditate fuch projects. If the French had been unprepared to defend defend their frontier, either for want of means, or in a vain confidence that the peace would be made, as our king Charles the fecond was unprepared to defend his coaft at the latter end of his firft war with Holland, the allies might have played a fure game in fatisfying their vengeance on the French, as the Dutch did on us in one thoufand fix hundred and fixty feven; and impofing harder terms on them, than thofe they offered, or would have accepted. But this was not the cafe. The French army was, I believe, more numerous than the army, of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236642384
  • 9781236642387