The Soldier of Lyons; A Tale of the Tuileries

The Soldier of Lyons; A Tale of the Tuileries

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...wearing an uniform dishonoured by participation in the crimes of the 10th of August, and the dread of reigning all claim to a distinction so important to the protection of the friends he loved, waited with impatience to learn the part assumed by La Fayette in a crisis of so much moment to his country. It was his hope that the military influence possessed by the general would be exerted so as to enable him to march upon Paris;' and maintain the constitution of which he had been the main originator, and the illustrious family to whose qualified rule he had declared himself a loyal subject. But La Fayette had suffered the critical hour of his popularity to pass, without striking so decisive a blow as might render him the permanent prop of the constitutional monarchy of France. Though actuated by honourable intentions and a sincere desire for the liberty of the land, he had no firmness to support the lofty character of his political views. He had been unable to retain the reins at one moment grasped within his hands; and the furious steed she had undertaken to restrain, had not only overturned and broken in pieces the chariot of the state, but had left their luckless charioteer far behind them on their course. On the 19th of August it became known in the capital that La Fayette, --having vainly harangued the troops assembled at his head-quarters at Sedan against the administration of the Jacobins and the authors of the massacre of the fatal 10th, --had the mortification to perceive the total _extinction of his authority with the constitutional army, which had transferred its affection, and allegiance to the bold and ambitious Dumouriez, who eagerly renewed the oath entitled " Liberty and Equality," exacted by the commissioners...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826051
  • 9781236826053