The Bath Archives: A Further Selection from The Diaries and Letters of Sir George Jackson, K. C. H., from 1809 to 1816, Volume 2

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R. Bentley and son, 1873
 

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Page 320 - The charm of his conversation, in my humble opinion, is somewhat marred by an air of pedantry which is probably due to the adulation he is accustomed to receive from his many worshippers. People here seem to hang, as it were, upon his lips and listen for his words as if an oracle were about to hold forth. It is not therefore surprising that they should flow from them in a less easy current than if he were allowed to speak with as little restraint as those from whom no unusual beauty of language,...
Page 140 - A still more remarkable woman of that day was Lady Caroline Lamb. She was at a party at Lady Heathcote's, had been flirting and quarrelling with Lord Byron, and therefore ' stabbed herself with a knife at supper, so that the blood flew about her neighbours.' When she came to, after a faint, a glass of water was handed to her, but she smashed the glass and cut herself with the pieces. 'A little discipline,' said Francis Jackson, ' will bring these school-girl fancies into order.
Page 320 - Gothe put us all on our mettle. And although I do not remember that any of us displayed either remarkable wit or wisdom, yet we all did our best, and endeavoured to show that, at least, we were not unappreciative listeners to the eloquence of the great German genius. The charm of his conversation, in my humble opinion, is somewhat marred by an air of pedantry, which is probably due to the adulation he is accustomed to receive from his many worshippers. People here, seem, to hang, as it were, upon...
Page 345 - ... glittering there as there were stars then shining in the firmament, and as many princely potentates as constellations— from the imperial and autocratic heads to the pettiest of the immediate princes. Besides the King of Prussia we had His Majesty of Bavaria — a good, jolly, farmer-like-looking fellow, crossed with the heaviness of a German prince, and who formed a principal object of curiosity and attention in this motley assembly. Then there was the Duke of Wurzburg, very like his brother,...
Page 335 - My Dear Brother, — I learn that you are arrived at Vach ; this news disquiets me. My situation is horrible — tell me the truth, and whether I should fall back, for I have with me but four or five thousand miserable conscripts — how is the Emperor —do not make me wait for an answer — you will conceive my anxiety. I embrace you as I love you, JEROME NAPOLEON.
Page 303 - ... over three days of hard fighting, was marred by faults of tactical coordination and breakdowns of command efficiency on the part of the allies and by a stubborn refusal on the part of the Swedish Crown Prince to commit anything but his artillery to the common effort— (he is reported to have said: "Provided the French are beaten, it is indifferent to me whether I or my army take a part, and of the two, I had much rather we did not.")28 —but, when it was over, Napoleon's armies were broken...
Page 412 - France, having taken the best precautions in his power for the defence of the capital. The allies on the 22d having crossed to the right of the Aube, lost no time in adopting the bold resolution of forming the junction of the two armies to the westward, thus placing themselves between the French army and Paris, and proceeding with a united force of at least two hundred thousand men, to the capital of the French empire. In order the better to mask this movement...
Page 102 - It is evident Hardenberg and his Majesty of Prussia are in a depressed state of mind ; their hearts begin to fail them. They cannot now draw back, and almost anticipate defeat, and dread its consequences. . . . Many companies and regiments march to meet Bonaparte with' a conviction that they are led out to encounter a foe that can never be conquered or killed. To this conviction amongst the men, and even in some of the officers, the many panics that have ensued in the Prussian ranks have been chiefly...
Page 412 - Buonaparte, in his present undertaking, seems to have pushed his object so far, by the passage of the Aube with his whole army near Vitry, as to have left himself completely open to that bold and magnificent decision which was immediately adopted.
Page 260 - as my son's name is mentioned in this letter, suppose I give you five shillings for it — that will pay the postage, and buy you a nice frilled neckerchief.' Susan blushed and smiled with delight. The bargain was struck at once for this and any other despatch Mr. Raffer may send, silence on the subject being promised My only qualm of conscience in getting hold of the letter was, that I suggested to Susan to buy & frilled neckerchief, never allowing my own maids to wear any but plain ones.

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