Read online or download a free book: Thoughts On The Occurrences In The Year 1833 At Constantinople, Between Russia And Turkey, In A Letter To Sir --- M.p.
Publisher: General Books LLC (3 Feb. 2012)
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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. 1834. Excerpt: ... absurdity, that the Sultan ought rather to perish than save himself by the instrumentality of Russia. What was still worse, such an insult must inevitably have drawn upon the Porte the resentment of the latter: and there would have been left to the Grand Seignior no other defence against the Egyptian army on one side, and the vengeance of Russia on the other, but the great name of France and the verbal assurances of Admiral Roussin. But the full half (I am even willing to concede that the whole) of this absurdity may be excused to the French negociator, in consideration of the heterogeneous character in which he presented himself at the Sublime Gate. He was an admiral, but ashore: and, with all due deference to our heroes of the navy, an admiral on shore is not superior (to say the best of it) to a landsman in his own craft and profession. He was a diplomatist, but not afloat: for there too the ultima ratio of the Citizen King might have furnished him with much more weighty arguments than any to be found in his instructions. What wonder, then, if M. Buteniew on shore, and M. Lasarew afloat, were more than a match for the admiral, who had nothing to oppose to their solid facts but the great name of his country and his own sesquipedalia verba! Alas! the great name, the magni nominis umbra, which was a substance while Napoleon wielded his iron sceptre, and which faded to a shadow at the name of Waterloo, appears to have had no greater effect in alarming Mehemet Ali and his son Ibrahim than it had in comforting and encouraging their fallen master. The former persisted, with a truly Mahometan inflexibility, in demanding the conditions which his ambition had prescribed to itself as its present limits: his son continued to move forward, cautiously but steadily, ...
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