Rambles Abroad, Or, Observations on the Continent, Made During the Summers of the Years 1816, 1817, 1818, in Excursions Through Part of the North of France, the Low Countries, Along the Rhine and the Prussian Frontier

Rambles Abroad, Or, Observations on the Continent, Made During the Summers of the Years 1816, 1817, 1818, in Excursions Through Part of the North of France, the Low Countries, Along the Rhine and the Prussian Frontier

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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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...decorum reigns throughout; every body conducts himself with ease and good breeding, and large sums are often lost without any apparent sensation on the part of those most concerned. It was my fortune one day that I dined there to be placed next Mad. Dunant, and to experience my full share of her well practised civilities. On her other side sat the Count Orloff (jambe de bois), so distinguished for his courageous charge in the Russian campaign of 1812: he is a remarkably fine looking and handsome man, and, notwithstanding the loss of his leg, very active; it is not possible to pass unnoticed his dignified air, which combines the warlike features of the Continent with that elegant attention to the person that is so peculiar to our islands; in manner he is a perfect courtier, and speaks several languages; he has been for some time resident in Paris, where he partakes freely of amusement, and is to be met nightly at some public place, as if solely occupied in the pursuit of pleasure. Yet this man, apparently so gay and accessible, is a politician of the deepest dye, profoundly skilled in the interest and the views of his own cabinet, and an attentive observer of what is passing in every court in Europe. His high rank and eminent distinction, which have pointed him out to his master, have here full scope for exertion, being perfectly unclogged by ofiicial station; so that he may combine the services of a minister with the retirement of an individual: his principal object at present is said to be that of inducing all descriptions of persons to go to settle in Russia, and in politics he is not considered friendly to England, though individually our countrymen experience marks of his politeness. How often have I been forcibly struck by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749189
  • 9781236749185