Historical Sketches of Statesmen Who Flourished in the Time of George III - Vol. 2

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LAFAYETTE.

GREATLY inferior in capacity to Carnôt, but of integrity as firm, tempered by milder affections, and of as entire devotion to the principles of liberty, was the eminent and amiable person whose name heads this page; and it is a remarkable circumstance that the predominating gentleness of his nature supplying the want of more hardy qualities, afforded him the power of resisting those with whom he was co-operating, when they left the right path and sullied the republican banner by their excesses, -- a power in which the more stern frame of Carnôt's mind was found deficient. For it was the great and the rare praise of Lafayette -- a praise hardly shared by him with any other revolutionary chief, -- that he both bore a forward part in the scenes of two Revolutions, and refused steadily to move one step farther in either than his principles justified, or his conscientious opinion of the public good allowed.

In another particular he presents a singular and a romantic example of devotion to the cause of liberty when his own country was not concerned, and his station, his interests, nay, his personal safety, were strongly opposed to the sacrifice. A young nobleman, nearly connected with the highest families in Europe, fitted by his rank and by his personal qualities to be the ornament of the greatest court in the world, was seen to

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  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction. v
  • Contents xiii
  • Contents of the Furst Series. *
  • Statesmen of the Times of George Iii. 1
  • Lord Eldon. 54
  • Sir William Scott (lord Stowell). 73
  • Dr. Laurence. 81
  • Sir Philip Francis. 88
  • Mr. Horne Tooke. 104
  • Lord Castlereagh. 121
  • Lord Liverpool. 131
  • Mr. Tierney. 143
  • Lord St. Vincent -- Lord Nelson. 156
  • Mr. Horner -- Lord King -- Mr. Ricardo. 172
  • Charles Carrol *
  • Neckar. 199
  • Madame De StaËl. 214
  • Mirabeau Family. *
  • Carnôt. *
  • Lafayette. 286
  • Prince Talleyrand. *
  • Napoleon -- Washington. 318
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