The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz Volume II

The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz Volume II

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Excerpt: ...on Foot, he was overtaken with a Shower of Rain, which made him take Shelter under a Penthouse, at a Shop-door. At the same Time, who should pass by in a magnificent Coach, driving at a mad Rate, as if he would run over every Thing in his Way, but a Counsellor, whose furious Career was stopp'd all on a sudden, by something that broke his Harness! This Disaster happen'd just at the Place Where the Abbe de Vayrac stood, dress'd like other Authors, with an old tatter'd Hat upon his Head, and a shabby Cloak over a Coat quite thread-bare. The Thing that most diverted the Counsellor, was his Hat, and he order'd one of his Lacqueys to ask him, if it was not as old as the Battle of 78 Rocroy. You must know, the Lacqueys of this Country are more brazen-fac'd and insolent than they 274 are any-where else; and the Counsellor's discharg'd his Errand to a Tittle. M. l'Abbe, said he, in a Droll Tone, my Master wants to know in what Battle your Hat receiv'd all those Wounds. At the Battle of Cannae, Friend, reply'd the Abbe; and then he laid on five or six heavy Blows upon the impudent Ambassador's Shoulders with his Cane. The Counsellor, seeing his Domestic so soundly drubb'd, stepp'd instantly out of his Coach, and running to the Abbe, said, What are you doing? The Abbe reply'd very sedately, I am chastising Insolence. Parbleu, M. l'Abbe, said the Counsellor, I think you are a pleasant Fellow to presume to strike a Servant of mine! Surely you don't know me; for if you did, you would have more Respect for my Livery. Pardon me, reply'd the Abbe, I know you very well. And who am I? said the Counsellor. Why you are a Fool, reply'd the Abbe; upon which the Gentleman thought fit to sneak off. This is a very true Story; for I had it from the Abbe de Vayrac himself, who told it to me with the same Gravity as he had answer'd the Counsellor. Tho' Lacqueys are not commonly the Subjects of Conversation, yet I think more

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  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236692977
  • 9781236692979