Memoirs, Letters, and Miscellaneous Papers Volume . 2

Memoirs, Letters, and Miscellaneous Papers Volume . 2

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... the councils? It is all the same to me. Do you want a party in France for yourself personally? There is one for the Duke of York, and one for the Duke of Brunswick; but you are better known and liked than either. They say much good of you, monsieur, in France, where it is known that you have passed a part of your life." I thanked him for his offer of royalty, which I abdicated on the spot, and then, not feeling absolutely sure that he was a madman, I advised him to get Lille restored to the Austrians as a means to inspire confidence in his powers. I never knew what became of him, nor whether he was or was not sincere in desiring to produce some revolt in Paris. I have a dim remembrance that I read his name soon after in a list of the guillotined. I have given the portrait of a remarkable man, wellknown to me, Giovanni Casanova, in my Works, under the name of Avanturos vol. xxv. p. 87. He was a man of great intelligence, force of character, and knowledge. He avows himself in his memoirs to be an adventurer, the son of an unknown father and a bad Venetian actress. Those memoirs, to which, among other things, his cynicism gives a high value, though it will forever prevent them from seeing the light, are dramatic, dashing, comical, philosophical, novel, stupendous, inimitable. They were written in 1790 at the castle of Dux in Bohemia, and are prefaced with the motto, Vblentem ducit, nolentem trahit, which, he remarks, unfolds to the reader his style of thought He read them to me himself at Dux, but I did not observe the dates of the singular events of his life sufficiently to give a chronology of them, except that he was born in 1625. Epigrams, songs, ribaldry, indiscretions of all kinds, gabble about governments, love, jealousy, imprudences, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609336
  • 9781236609335