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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...who retained it, with a few
intervals of incidental and temporary incursions, till the French
revolutionary invasion. _ I have elsewhere observed that the
Austrian government is in general mild and benevolent, and that the
provinces under its control enjoy a fair proportion of ease and
prosperity. This observation is peculiarly applicable to the
Milanese, the natural fer tility of which, if the cultivators be
not checked by despotic regulations, and partial taxation, supplies
in abundance all the comforts of life, and all that can stimulate
and recompense industry. Hence, under the Austrian sway, it
exhibited, like the Netherlands, a scene of population, riches, and
felicity, seldom equalled even in free countries, and alike
delightful to the eye, and to the heart of the humane traveller.
The emperor Joseph; with good intentions but bad policy, first
disturbed the tranquillity of both these happy provinces, in
attempting to introduce innovations, most of which, whether in
their own nature useful or not, were unquestionably unpopular. The
fermentation excited by these illadvised measures, was scarcely
appeased by the prudence of Leopold, Joseplt/8 successor, when the
French revolution burst forth like a volcano, and disgorged its
burning torrent over all the neigh bouring territories. How long
the effects of this infernal ebullition may be felt, or how far its
ravages may extend, it is difficult to de-termine. Suflice it to
say, that both the'Milanese and the Nether. lands fell within its
range, and have experienced the full effects of its fury. The
latter, plundered of its riches, and its constitution, and deprived
of half its population, shares with France, her name, her misery,
and her infamy. The former erected into the capital...
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