Memoirs of the Courts of Sweden and Denmark; During the Reigns of Christian VII of Denmark and Gustavus III of Sweden Volume 1

Memoirs of the Courts of Sweden and Denmark; During the Reigns of Christian VII of Denmark and Gustavus III of Sweden Volume 1

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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. 18 edition. Excerpt: ...if he had dared, have asked what had disturbed him. The count read his thoughts in the expressive features of his valet, and aaid: "There is nothing the matter, only it is so d d hot. Go, my friend; order a dragoon to overtake my coach, and bring it back." Ernestus turned pale at this order, for he knew the count had been invited, and had designed, to spend the day and night at Fredericksborg. He obeyed in silence, half suspicious that the count's head sat but loosely on his shoulders. The vis-d-vis drew up; the count leaped in; Ernestus followed. The whole way home the count kept complaining of the heat and wiping his face. When he arrived at his palace he undressed, and had recourse to his constant solace in trouble, his pipe. The count was excessively addicted to smoking, and very particular in everything relating thereto. His meerschaum pipes (mounted in gold and silver) were of the costliest kind; his tobacco was procured from Cadiz. He frequently smoked himself to sleep, his large pipe, secured from letting any fire fail out, resting on ribbons above his head, and the tube in his mouth. He would at times smoke in the night. One pipeful of tobacco lasted two hours. A silver tinder-box, etc., stood by his bedside, ready to renew his pipe if it chanced to go out. This was the last time that ever Count Rantzau was at Court in Denmark. The next day a gentleman of the Court--Major Harboe, of the horseguards--came to the count, ostensibly to propose an accommodation, but in reality to sound his feelings, and, if possible, ascertain his future views. They took chocolate together, and had a long conference. The count was too experienced a courtier to be entrapped by a shallow young man like this, and the latter, unable to induce...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570480
  • 9781236570482