Manuscript Transmitted from St. Helena by an Unknown Channel

Manuscript Transmitted from St. Helena by an Unknown Channel

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... appeared a fair opportunity for its exercise. But I perceived that Prussia had no such intentions, and that she thought I was amply repaid by her neutrality. It therefore became absurd to aggrandize a country I could not depend upon. I was out of humour; and did not calculate sufficiently that, by giving territory to Prussia, I should conciliate her, and ensure her support. I refused every thing, and Hanover was otherwise disposed of. The Prussians complained loudly, because I would not give them the property of another. They murmured at the slight violation of their territory the preceding year. They suddenly found out that they were the guardians of the glory of Frederick the Great; they grew warm. A sort of national tumult agitated the nobility; England hastened to subsidize them, and their movements acquired consistency. If the Prussians had attacked me while I was at war with Russia, they might have done me a se;ious injury; but it was so absurd to come, right or wrong, and declare war against us, more in the manner of a school-boy's rebellion than any thing else, that it was some time before I could credit it. Nothing was, however, more true; and we were again obliged to take the field. I certainly expected to beat the Prussians; but I thought it would require more time. I took measures to repel such aggressions as I suspected might be made against me in other quarters; but I found them unnecessary. By a singular chance, the Prussians did not hold out two hours. By another chance, their generals had never thought of defending places that might have held out three months. I was master of the country in a few days. The celerity of this overthrow proved to me that the war had not been popular in Prussia. I ought to have profited by this...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489446
  • 9781236489449