The Works of M. de Voltaire: History of the Russian Empire under Peter the Great

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J. Newbery, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, S. Crowder, T. Davies, J. Coote, G. Kearsley, and B. Collins, at Salisbury., 1763
 

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Page 194 - ... design, almost unparalleled in history, joined to that of a horrid parricide, against him who was his father in a double capacity ; a father of great lenity and indulgence, who brought up the czarowitz from the cradle with more than paternal care and tenderness ; who earnestly...
Page 75 - These murmurs, and these counsels, did not break out into an open faction or conspiracy , but every thing seemed to tend that way, and the tempers of the people were inflamed. Peter's marriage with Catherine in 1707, and the children which he had by her, began to sour the disposition of the young prince. Peter tried every method to reclaim him : he even placed him at the head of the regency for a year ; he sent him to travel ; he married him in 1711, at the end of the campaign of Pruth, to the princess...
Page 93 - ... us, and with what efforts we have not only recovered the provinces which the enemy had...
Page 107 - ... for should you apprehend that he deserves but a slight punishment, it will be disagreeable to me. I swear to you by the great God and his judgments, that you have nothing to fear on this head. " Neither let the reflection...
Page 93 - ... 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 pleases ; and, in quality of sovereign prince, in consideration of the safety of our dominions, we do deprive our...
Page 226 - HEAD : However, fuch as are employed in the State have their Share of arbitrary Power, their Proceedings being without Appeal, all in the Czar's Name, which they often abufe to fatisfy their Avarice, Revenge, or other guilty Paffions.
Page 84 - ... 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. "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 90 - ... farther, that he might be so private there, that we might not come to the knowledge of it. Meanwhile his long stay having made us fear, out of a tender and fatherly affection for him, that...
Page 77 - you cannot be ignorant of what is known to all the world, that our people groaned under the oppression of the Swedes, before the beginning of this present war. By the usurped possession of many of our maritime ports, so necessary to our state, they cut us off from all commerce with the rest of mankind ; and we saw, with deep regret, that they had even cast a mist over the eyes of persons...
Page 239 - Every large village there has a church, and a prieft to officiate in it ; and in the towns, almoft every ftreet has its church or chapel, and frequently both. The Ruffians baptize their children as foon as they are born. If the child be very weak, or in danger of death, this ceremony is performed immediately, at home, though...

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