Memoirs of the Princess Daschkaw, Lady of Honour to Catherine II; Comprising Letters of the Empress and Other Correspondence Volume 1

Memoirs of the Princess Daschkaw, Lady of Honour to Catherine II; Comprising Letters of the Empress and Other Correspondence 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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...through the crowd, full of submission for the ill-behaviour of himself and his comrades. Lady Ryder at length consented to quit Lyons, and we proceeded on our route into Switzerland. I will not attempt to describe this beautiful country, which abler pens have made so familiar to all the world, and shall therefore only speak of the different persons, of any celebrity, with whom I happened to be acquainted. The principal one was Voltaire. The day after our arrival at Geneva, I sent to beg permission to call on him, accompanied by my friends. Although very unwell, he assured me of the pleasure he should have in seeing me, and that I was at liberty to bring whom I pleased. On the appointed evening, Mrs. Hamilton, Lady Ryder, Mlle. Kamensky, my cousin Worontzow, and Mr. Campbell of Shawfield, went along with me to his house. The night before, he had lost some ounces of blood, and, though very ill, desired it should be kept a secret, that we might not be deterred from the projected visit. On entering his room, we found him lying back in a great chair, weak, and apparently in pain. I went up to him, and half-upbraidingly insisted that in his present situation our visit must be considered an intrusion, and that the most flattering proof I could receive of his esteem was to be thought capable of appreciating the value of his health so far as to have suspended for some days the pleasure of his society. He disconcerted me excessively by raising up his arm in a theatrical manner, and with a tone of astonishment, exclaiming, " What is this I hear '.9 even her very voice is the voice of an angel!" As I came only to admire him, to be flattered so extravagaiitly was certainly the last thing in my thoughts, --which I believe I told him. A...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852443
  • 9781236852441