Private anecdotes of foreign courts Volume 1

 
9781150473029: Private anecdotes of foreign courts Volume 1
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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...of his unoffending charge--exaggerating every trifling fault, and stamping the overboilings of youth with the character of confirmed depravity. When arrived at the scene of action, however, Fersen soon perceived that the party enlisted under the banners of the ambitious Duke against the King's authority, was too powerful for him to entertain any hope of overcoming it. He therefore calmly submitted to the circumstances of the times with the philosophical resignation natural to a man whose experience had been so great in the vicissitudes of human affairs. No sooner had the Duke of Sudermania, under the title of Charles XIII. obtained supreme power in Sweden, than, not content with de-PATRIOTISM OF FERSEN. 239 throning his nephew, he abused the authority he had usurped, by excluding the innocent issue of that nephew from succeeding, at any future day, to their father's lost inheritance; for which purpose he nominated, as his son-in-law and heir, the Prince of Augustenberg. Had not this atrocious and wanton wrong been perpetrated, it is most possible that Fersen would never have taken an active part against the usurper. He thought that Charles would have limited his wishes to the sphere of his own personal enjoyment, and left the succession to the children of Gustavus; flattering himself, too, perhaps, that, as the uncle was much the older man, Gustavus Adolphus himself might, on his death, reascend his forfeited throne, purified by adversity, and summoned by the acclamations of the people. As it was, soon after this exclusion was proclaimed, Count Erval Fersen entered the royal palace, and on his knees implored Charles.XIII. not to obscure the first moments of his reign by an act of such glaring injustice, in thus setting aside the son of Gustavus...

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