Letters Written in France: In the Summer 1790, to a Friend in England; Containing, Various Anecdotes Relative to the French Revolution; and Memoirs of Mons. and Madame Du F----. By Helen Maria Williams

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T. Cadell, 1791 - 223 pages

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Page 142 - Nay, followed him, till he had melted from The smallness of a gnat to air ; and then Have turned mine eye and wept.
Page 14 - It was the triumph of human kind; it was man asserting the noblest privilege of his nature; and it required but the common feelings of humanity, to become in that moment a citizen of the world.
Page 151 - ... motive fufficiently powerful to prompt her to the .careful prefervation of her own life, though «• it had' long become a burden. . The child was three years old when her father left England; recollected him perfectly ; and, whenever her mother went to vifit her, ufed to call with eagernefs for her papa. . .The enquiry, in the voice of her child, of, :" Whenfhall I fee my dear, dear papa ?" was heard by this unhappy mother with a degree of agony which it were a yain ..attempt to defcribe.
Page 59 - The leaders of the French revolution, are men well acquainted with the human heart. They have not trusted merely to the force of reason, but have studied to interest in their cause the most powerful passions of human nature, by the appointment of solemnities perfectly calculated to awaken that general sympathy which is caught from heart to heart with irresistible energy, fills every eye...
Page 191 - Has it not the air of a romance ? and are you not glad that the denouement is happy ?—Does not the old Baron die exactly in the right place ; at the very page one would...
Page 21 - We drove under that porch which so many wretches have entered never to repass, and, alighting from the carriage, descended with difficulty into the dungeons, which were too low to admit of our standing upright, and so dark that we were obliged at noon-day to visit them with the light of a candle. We saw the hooks of those chains by which the prisoners were fastened round the neck to the walls of their cells ; many of which, being below the level of the water, are in a constant state of humidity...
Page 96 - Black Melancholy fits, and round her throws A death-like filence, and a dread repofe; Her gloomy prefence faddens all the fcene, Shades ev'ry flow'r, and darkens ev'ry green, Deepens the murmur of the falling floods, And breathes a browner horror on the woods.
Page 37 - at her breast a medallion made of a stone of the Bastille polished. In the middle of the medallion, ' Liberte ' was written in diamonds ; above was marked, in diamonds, the planet that shone on the 14th of July ; and below was seen the moon, of the size she appeared that memorable night. The medallion was set in a branch of laurel, composed of emeralds, and tied at the top with the national cockade, formed of brilliant stones of the three national colours.
Page 128 - F was abfent while thefe things were paffing: he had been fufpected of being the author of a pamphlet written againft the princes of the blood, and an order was iflued to feize his papers, and conduct him to the Baftille; but he found means to efcape into Holland, where he remained nearly two years. Having made his peace with the miniftry, he prepared to come home } but before he returned, Monf. Du F received intelligence that his father, irritated almoft to madnefs by the information of his marriage,...
Page 166 - Every one fympathized in the fate of this unfortunate young man, and execrated the tyranny of his unrelenting father. The univerfal clamour reached the ear of his brother, Monf, De B , who now, for...

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