Memoirs of (His) Life Written by Himself; With a Selection from His Correspondence Volume 3

Memoirs of (His) Life Written by Himself; With a Selection from His Correspondence Volume 3

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...:20th, Wed. Dumont and William accompanied us on a little excursion into a part of Italy. Our project was to pass the Alps over the Simplon, to see Milan, Genoa, and Turin, and return over Mont Cenis; and we accomplished it very successfully, and got back to Geneva on the 7th of October. We passed through Thonon and Evian in Savoy, and over the fine road which Bonaparte has lately constructed, at a very great expense, on the south bank of the-Lake-of Geneva, under the rocks of Meillerie. Even in this sequestered and romantic spot we found the remains of the ravages of war. The shattered Walls of the cottages and houses of Meillerie bore testimony of the action, which, only a few months ago, took place there between a part of the French and Austrian armies. The Valais did not appear to me, from the little Thev"lais I could learn and observe in rapidly passing through it, to be that seat of happiness-and in-nocence which Rousseau and other writers have represented it. The Government is severe and tyrannical, and the people ignorant in the extreme. In the Whole state there is not a single bookseller, not even at Sion, the capital. A person of that trade, not long ago, set up a shop there, but was soon obliged to give it up for want of customers. ' The road over the Simplon, made with such im-Road mense labour, and at so enormous a cost (one of the most wonderful productions of human art and perseverance, and formed amidst some of the wildest and most dreary scenes in nature), and which seemed alone sufficient to transmit the name of Bonaparte to the most remote generations, is rapidly falling into decay, for want of a compara-tively trifling expense at which it might be main-tained: and, as if time and accident were too slow in...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836332
  • 9781236836335