The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 8

The Works of Walter Scott, Esq Volume 8

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... is diflicult to give credit to this story. ofiicer, wo brought the order, had just received his audience of General Ott, when General Audrieux, presenting himself on the part of Massena, announced the French general's desire to surrender the place, if his troops were permitted to march out with their arms. There was no time to debate upon terms; and those granted to Massena by Melas were so unusually favourable, that perbaps they should have made him aware of the precarious state of the besieging army. He was permitted to evacuate Genoa without laying down his arms, and the convention was signed 5th June 1800. Meantime, at this agitat ing and interesting period, events of still greater importance than these which concerned the fate of the once princely Genoa, were taking place with frightful rapidity, . Melas, with about one half of his army, had retired from his operations in the Genoese territory, and retreated on Turin by the way ofConi, where the fixed his head-quarters, expecting that Buonaparte would either advance to possess himself of the capital ofPiedmont, or that he would make an effort to relieve Genoa. In the first instance, Melas deemed himself strong enough to receive the.First Consul; in the second, to pursue him; and in-either, to assemble such numerous forces as-might harass and embarrass either his advance or his retreat. But Buonapartc's plan of the campaign was different from what Melas had anticipated, He had formed the resolntion to pass the rivers Sesia and Tesino, and thus leaving Turin and Melas bebind him, to push straight for Milan, and form a junction with the division of about 20,000 men, detached from the right wing of Moreau's army, which, commanded' by Moncey, were on their road to..
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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236769023
  • 9781236769022