The London Quarterly Review Volume 54

The London Quarterly Review Volume 54

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...2 Thiers' temper was irrepressible; Louis Philippe sent for him on February 24th, 1848, when his throne was tottering to its fall, and even at such a moment the little man could not control himself. Louis Philippe calmed him by letting him have everything his own way: " Whatever is arranged you must be chief; you are the only one of the set that I can trust." "That suits me," replied Thiers, " for I have resolved never again to enter a Cabinet of which I am not the head." The new Cabinet, we know, was stillborn. No change at the last could overcome the bourgeoisie's distrust of the King, whom they looked on as not only fin et rase but foarbe; nor did Bugeaud have what he longed for: le plaisir de taer beaucoap ole cette canaille. Thiers, who was several times under fire during this eventful day, showed himself a cleverer manager than Bugeaud. The latter had sent a regiment of Chasseurs de Vincennes for ammunition. "Nonsense," cried Thiers, " you've deprived us of one of our best regiments, and in three hours regiment and ammunition will be in the insurgents' hands. You should have sent artillerymen disguised as peasants in boats full of wood or stones, and in two hours you might have had the ammunition in the Louvre." Bugeaud, in fact, though he was called "the first general in Europe," lost his head. The feeling that he was the most unpopular man in Paris--more so even than Prime Minister Guizot--may have unnerved him. His troops fraternised almost en masse with the people. Thiers was just as unceremonious by-and-by with Louis Napoleon as he had been with the Orleans family. When the Pretender brought him the address which he had...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236922409
  • 9781236922403