The History of the Life and Reign of the Czar Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia and Father of His Country

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J. Hodges, 1740 - 346 páginas
 

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Página 47 - He raises his natural heat by drinking much brandy, which he rectifies himself with great application; he is subject to convulsive motions all over his body, and his head seems to be affected with these; he wants not capacity, and has a larger measure of knowledge than might be expected from his education, which was very indifferent; a want of judgment with an instability of temper, appear in him too often and too evidently; he is mechanically turned, and seems designed by nature rather, to be a...
Página 261 - With how much stronger reason does such a design deserve to be punished with death ? It is therefore with hearts full of affliction, and eyes streaming with tears, that we, as subjects and servants, pronounce this sentence ; considering that it belongs not to us to give judgment in a case of so great importance, and especially to pronounce against the son of our most precious sovereign lord, the czar. Nevertheless, it being his pleasure that we should act in this capacity, we, by these presents,...
Página 47 - ... he is mechanically turned, and seems designed by nature rather, to be a ship-carpenter than a great prince. This was his chief study and exercise while he stayed here; he wrought much with his own hands, and made all about him work at the models of ships.
Página 47 - Muscovy ; he was, indeed, resolved to encourage learning and to polish his people by sending some of them to travel in other countries, and to draw strangers to come and live among them.
Página 233 - ... condition than ever they were yet ; so, by the paternal authority, in virtue of which, by the laws of our empire, any of our subjects may disinherit a son, and give his succession to such other of his sons as he pleases ; and, in quality of sovereign prince, in consideration of the safety of our dominions, we do deprive our...
Página 229 - Nevertheless, we continued to exhort him with a paternal affection, and joining menaces to our exhortations ; we forgot nothing to bring him back to the right way. The operations of the war having obliged us to repair to Denmark, we left him at...
Página 228 - ... occasioned by that marriage : but, after its consummation, we found ourselves disappointed of the hopes we had, that the change in the condition of our son would produce good fruits, and change his...
Página 47 - Empire ; but he did not seem capable of conducting so great a design, though his conduct in his wars since this has discovered a greater genius in him than appeared at that time. He was desirous to understand our doctrine, but he did not seem disposed to mend matters in Muscovy.
Página 230 - ... us, that he ought not to be delivered into our hands, as if we had been his enemy, and a tyrant, from whom he had nothing to expect but death. In...
Página 140 - There are, says she, in one of her dispatches to him, insuperable difficulties, with respect to the ancient and fundamental laws of the government of our people ; which we fear do not permit...

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