The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, Volume 1

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Leavitt, Trow, 1818

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Page 303 - ... worse condition than ever they were yet ; so, by the paternal authority, in virtue of which, by the laws of our empire, any of our subjects may disinherit a son, and give his succession to such other of his sons as he...
Page 293 - God has given me over you, denounce against you my eternal curse ; and, as your sovereign, declare to you, that I will find means to punish your disobedience, in which I trust God himself will assist me, and espouse the just cause of an injured parent and king.
Page 300 - ... continuance of his disorderly life, we sent him orders to come to us at Copenhagen, to make the campaign, that he might thereby the better form himself. But, forgetting the fear and commandments of God, who enjoins obedience even to private parents, and much more to those who are at the same time sovereigns...
Page 294 - ... you that I will find means to punish your disobedience, in which I trust God himself will assist me, and espouse the just cause of an injured parent and king. " For the rest, remember that I have never laid any restraint upon you. Was I obliged to leave you at liberty to choose your way of life ? Had I not the power in my own hands to oblige you to conform to my will ? I had only to command, and make myself obeyed.
Page 110 - ... by virtue of the incontestable power for that purpose, of which he is possessed. I acknowledge him to be the supreme judge of this spiritual college: I swear by the allseeing God that I understand and mean this oath, in the full force and sense which the words convey to those who read, or hear it.
Page 285 - After the death of the princess, he wrote a letter to his son, equally tender and resolute : it finished with these words : " I will still wait a little time, to see if you will correct yourself; if not, know that I will cut you off from the succession, as we lop off a useless member. Don't imagine, that I mean only to...
Page 256 - Peter was become sole arbiter in that part of the world : the elector of Hanover, who had been called to fill the British throne, had views of extending his territories in Germany, at the expense of Sweden, who had never had any possessions in that country, but since the reign of the great GustaVus. The king of Denmark aimed at recovering Scania, the best province ofSweden, which had formerly belonged to the Danes.
Page 298 - ... to reign after us. We have likewise sent him into foreign countries, in hopes and expectation, that seeing in his travels governments so well regulated, this would excite in him some emulation, and an inclination to apply himself to do well. But all our care has been fruitless, and like the seed of the doctrine fallen upon a rock ; for he has not only refused to follow that which is good, but even is come to hate it, without showing any inclination, or disposition, either for military or political...
Page 292 - The czar gave him six months to consider of it, and then set out on his travels with the czarina. No sooner was he arrived at Copenhagen, than he heard (what he might reasonably expect) that the czarowitz conversed only with factious and evil-minded persons, who strove to feed his discontent. Upon this the czar wrote to him, that he had to choose between a throne and a convent ; and that, if he had any thoughts of succeeding him, he must immediately set out and join him at Copenhagen. But the confidants...
Page 316 - ... make known our disease, and apply to you for a cure ; being apprehensive of eternal death, if ignorant perhaps of the nature of our distemper, we should attempt to cure ourselves ; and the rather as in a solemn appeal to Almighty God, I have signed, sworn, and confirmed a promise of pardon to my son, in. case he should declare to me the truth. ' And though he has violated this promise, by concealing the most important circumstances of his rebellious design against us ; yet that we may not in...

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