Excerpt: ... were natural and earnest, serious under an exterior
sometimes light, and as genuine as they were spontaneous.
Throughout his life he maintained consistency in sentiments and
ideas; and he had his days of vigorous resolution, which would have
reflected honour on the truest friend of order and resistance to
anarchy. In 1791, he opened fire, in the Champ de Mars, on the
revolt set up in the name of the people; in 1792, he came in person
to demand, on behalf of his army, the suppression of the Jacobins;
and he held himself apart and independent under the Empire. But,
taking all points into account, he failed in political judgment, in
discernment, in a just estimate of circumstances and men; and he
had a yielding towards his natural bent, a want of foresight as to
the probable results of his actions, with a constant but indistinct
yearning after popular favour, which led him on much further than
he intended, and subjected him to the influence of men of a very
inferior order, directly against his moral nature and political
situation. At the first moment, in 1814, he seemed to be well
disposed towards the Restoration; but the tendencies of power, and
the persevering rancour of the Royalists, soon threw him back into
the ranks of opposition. At the close of the Hundred Days, his
hostility to the House of Bourbon became declared 230 and active; a
republican in soul, without being sufficiently strong or daring to
proclaim the Republic, he opposed as obstinately as vainly the
return of royalty; and before the Chamber of 1815, excited but not
dismayed, he pledged himself, while the Restoration lasted, to
enter and never to desert the ranks of its most inveterate enemies.
From 1820 to 1823 he was, not the ostensible head, but the
instrument and ornament, of every secret society, of every plot and
project of revolution; even of those the results of which he would
inevitably have denounced and resisted, had they been crowned with
success. No two people could...
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M. Francois Guizot
||246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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