History of the Causes and Effects of the Confederation of the Rhine

 
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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. 1821 Excerpt: ...states belonging to the King of England, would be the first grand step towards realising the end he had in view, in re-commencing hostilities against that crown. Nor was he restrained from the enterprise by the necessity of again making military movements through the states of the empire, contrary to the articles of the Treaty of Luneville; for, not fearing to be impeded in his undertaking, he had very little concern about who might reproach him for having executed it; and he was the less solicitous on this point, because injuries done to the many by a single individual, particularly if he be powerful, rarely find avengers. Neither was he in the least diverted from his purpose, by any doubt that the Czar might probably resent it; since, by occupying at the same period the two principal ports of the kingdom of Naples on the coasts of the Adriatic, Bonaparte, while prepared to break the faith of treaties with that monarch, cared not to create in the acquisition of new states the causes of future enmities with Russia. The King of Prussia, who now had no other solicitude than to keep the French at a distance from his dominions, was apprised by General DuroCjf in the latter end of March, of the intention of the First Consul to seize upon the Electorate of Hanover: nor could that monarch then succeed in preventing a new war from breaking out for the disputed possession of the island of Malta. Frederick-William endeavoured to induce Bonaparte either to abandon the undertaking altogether, or at least to suspend the precipitate execution of it, till, with all the celerity of couriers, the effect of that mediation should have been tried which he was ready to interpose at the court of London. But the impatient ruler of France, accustomed to adjust all differences by t...

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