The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French; With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution in Nine Volumes Volume 5

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French; With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution in Nine Volumes Volume 5

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...while, in fact, she was contributing to serve France, and prejudice England, more effectually than if she had been in a state of avowed hostility with the latter power. The British government determined to bring this state of things to a decided point, by stopping four galleons, or vessels loaded 'These implements of destruction were afterwards used against the British cruizers in America, and were judged formidable. But such desperate courage is necessary to attach the machine to the destined vessel, and the fate of the engineer, if discovered, is so certainly fatal, that, like fire-ships, petards, and similar inventions, liable to the same inconvenience, they do not appear likely to get into general use. with treasure, proceeding under an escort from the South Sea, and destined for Cadiz. The purpose of the English was only to detain these ships, as a pledge for the sincerity of the government of Spain, in observing a more strict neutrality than hitherto. But unhappily the British force, under Commodore Moore, amounted only to four frigates. Spanishhonour rendered the admiral unwilling to strike the national flag to an equal strength, and an action ensued, in which three of the Spanish vessels were taken, and one unfortunately hlew up; an accident greatlyHo be regretted. Mr Southey observes, with his usual sound sense and humanity, -Had a stronger squadron been sent (against the Spaniards), this deplorable catastrophe might have been saved--a catastrophe which excited not more indignation in Spain, than it did grief in those who were its unwilling instruments, in the British people, and in the British government.- This action took place on the 5th of October, 18o4; and as hostilities were of course immediately commenced betwixt Spain...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236635388
  • 9781236635389