Memoirs of the Kings of Spain of the House of Bourbon, from the Accession of Philip V to the Death of Charles III 1700 to 1788 Volume 1

Memoirs of the Kings of Spain of the House of Bourbon, from the Accession of Philip V to the Death of Charles III 1700 to 1788 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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...the siege. On the appointed day, he ordered the battering artillery to be sent on board, and coolly made the requisite preparations for re-embarking the troops, disregarding alike the bitter remonstrances of Charles, and the murmurs of those whose hopes were disappointed. Sensible that secrecy was the soul of such an enterprise, he suffered not the slightest hint to escape, even to his confidential friends Stanhope and Methuen. He silently matured the arrangements for his design, prepared the "AP-X" necessary artillery, and posted 1,000 men in a convent mid-'v./ way between the citadel and the town. In the evening, and at the very moment when the inhabi(ants of Barcelona were rejoicing for their apparent deliverance, he headed a detachment of 1,200 foot and 200 horse; and stopping in his march at the quarters of the prince, disclosed the design, and claimed his assistance. Although all intercourse had been suspended between the two rivals for several weeks, the challenge was as readily accepted as it was gallantly given, and these two great but eccentric men, in a moment, buried allvmemory of their former animosity to unite their skill and bravery against the common enemy., ' Taking a circuitous route at the foot of the heights, they arrived early in the morning under the hill on which the fortress is situated, about a quarter of a mile from the outer works. The earl waiting till the break of day, formed a part of his detachment into two bodies, each consisting of a forlorn hope of 30 men, and an additional party of 60 supported by 200; while 500 were drawn up in the rear, as a corps of reserve.. The rival heroes headed the party which was destined for the most dangerous part of the enterprise, the assault of a bastion on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881370
  • 9781236881373