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. 1800 Excerpt: ...when he reposed no confidence in any one, and was too far advanced in life to think of training up another man to business, which demands ...Read MoreThis 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. 1800 Excerpt: ...when he reposed no confidence in any one, and was too far advanced in life to think of training up another man to business, which demands the practice of a number" of years. Potemkin directed all matters relative to the army; it is not to be thence inferred that all went on well; but all went on, and her majesty required nothing more. There was often a want of provisions, of forage, of every thing in his camp. The hospitals might be considered as non-existent; but all this passed at the distance of fifteen hundred, or two thousand versts from the residence. The empress could not hear the complaints of all her subjects, and found it far easier to rely entirely on him, than to suppress abuses, perhaps difficult of reform, from the number of people that profited by them. The prince had a thorough knowledge of his country and his countrymen; he would therefore, as was said before, put on a very different behaviour towards a young englisti or french officer from what he would use to a ruffian general; the former being seated beside him, while the other His house at Petersburg exhibited the same disorder, and seemed ta be under the same sort of management. Jt was no uncommon thing to pass through a suite of apartments without finding a single servant ro take one's name: sometimes not a bit of bread or a drop of water was to be had in the house; but there was always plenty of petit-pates and excellent champagne. 0 2 was was kept standing, and did not venture over the sill of the door; knowing tha, t the ruffians, though ever so unsatisfied with this or similar treatment, never express their discontent against a superior. It was from his own genius alone that he had seized the character of other nations; and it certainly shews a niceness of tact exceedingly rar...Read Less
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