The history of Peter the great, emperor of Russia. From the Fr., by Smollett

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Pàgina 293 - I now write to you for the last time, to acquaint you, that you must instantly comply with my orders, which will be communicated to you by Tolstoy and Romanzoff. If you obey, I give you my sacred word and promise, that I will not punish you ; and that, if you will return home, I will love you more than ever; but, if you do not, I, as your father, and in virtue of the authority which God has given me over you...
Pàgina 303 - Now, as we should pity our states, and our faithful subjects, if, by such a successor, we should throw them back into a much worse condition than ever they were yet; so, by the paternal authority...
Pàgina 300 - But, forgetting the fear and commandments of God, who enjoins obedience even to private parents, and much more to those who are at the same time sovereigns, our paternal cares had no other return than...
Pàgina 143 - Cronslot, as yet hardly finished. This fleet consisted of twenty-two ships of war, from fifty-four to sixty-four guns each, besides six frigates, two bomb-ketches, and two fire-ships. The troops that were sent on this expedition, made a descent on the little island of Kotin ; but a Russian colonel, named Tolbogwin, who commanded a regiment there, ordered his soldiers to lie down flat on their bellies, while the Swedes were coming on shore, and then suddenly rising up, they threw in so brisk and well...
Pàgina 102 - He had now only to view the military discipline of the Germans, after having seen the English fleets, and the dockyards of Holland. Politics had likewise as great a share in this journey as the desire of instruction. The emperor was his natural ally against the Turks. Peter had a private audience of Leopold, and the two monarchs conferred standing, to avoid the trouble of ceremony.
Pàgina 285 - She left the Prince Alexis one son ; and according to the natural order, this son was one day to become heir to the empire. Peter perceived with sorrow, that when he should be no more, all his labours were likely to be destroyed by those of his own blood. After the death of the princess, he wrote a letter to his son, equally tender and resolute : it finished with these words...
Pàgina 293 - ... his father at Copenhagen, took the road to Vienna, and threw himself under the protection of the Emperor Charles VI., his brother-in-law, intending to remain at his court till the death of the czar. This adventure of the czarowitz was nearly the same as that of Lewis XI. of France, who, when he was dauphin, quitted the court of his father Charles VII. and took refuge with the Duke of Burgundy ; but the dauphin was much more culpable than Alexis, inasmuch as he married in direct opposition to...
Pàgina 88 - The czar's scheme was to drive the Turks and the Tartars for ever out of the Taurica Chersonesus, and afterwards to establish a free and easy commerce with Persia through Georgia. This is the very trade which the Greeks formerly carried on to Colchos, and to this peninsula of Crim Tartary, which Peter now seemed on the point of conquering. Having subdued the Turks and the Tartars, he was willing to accustom his people to splendid shows as well as to military labour.
Pàgina 59 - Her emissaries were in particular employed to stir up the soldiery against the Nariskin family, especially the two brothers of the young dowager czarina, the mother of Peter the First. These persuaded the strelitzes, that one of the brothers, named John, had put on the imperial robes, had seated himself...
Pàgina 183 - ... insuperable difficulties, with respect to the ancient and fundamental laws of the government of our people ; which we fear do not permit sO severe and rigorous a sentence to be given, as your imperial majesty at first seemed to expect in this case ; and we persuade ourself, that your imperial majesty, who are a prince famous for clemency and exact justice, will not require us, who are the guardian and protectress of the laws, to inflict a punishment upon our subjects, which the law does not impower...

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