My Life and Acts in Hungary in the Years 1848 and 1849, Volume 2

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Harper, 1852 - Hungary - 616 pages
 

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Page 280 - Our silence would be half a recognition of these acts, and all our victories would be fruitless ! We must therefore declare ourselves ! But a declaration such as I should wish would raise the self-esteem of the nation, would at once destroy all the bridges behind the still undecided and wavering parties within and without the Diet, would by the proximity and importance of a common object force into the background mere party interests, and would thus facilitate and hasten the sure victory." " All...
Page 279 - Hungary, and united with it would find a powerful ally, both for defence and offence, in the Porte, whose interests had so often suffered from the policy of Austria and Russia. With the freedom of Hungary the freedom of Europe would fall ; with Hungary's triumph there would be as many successful risings against hated tyranny as there were oppressed peoples in Europe. Our victory is certain...
Page 136 - King's name.' In consequence of these views, he proceeds, the following Declaration was made : — ' 1. The corps d'armee of the upper Danube remains faithful to its oath, to fight resolutely against every external enemy for the maintenance of the constitution of the kingdom of Hungary sanctioned by King Ferdinand V. 2. With the same resolution, the corps d'armee will oppose itself to all those who may attempt to overthrow the constitutional monarchy by untimely republican intrigues in the interior...
Page 281 - ... been principally indebted for its successes. What was the object of that demonstration which my corps, without my knowledge, proposed to make against Dembinski, in Kaschau, but their anxiety not to lose a commander who respected their military oaths? I have shared prosperity and adversity with these troops. I know their feelings. And should King Ferdinand stand before us now, I would, without a moment's hesitation, invite him, unarmed and unprotected, to follow me into the camp to receivo their...
Page 280 - Austria, would it not be too weak to maintain itself as an independent state in a neighbourhood in which the Porte, in spite of a much more favourable position, has already been reduced to an existence by sufferance only ? We have lately beaten the enemy repeatedly — that is undeniable. But we have accomplished this only with the utmost exertion of our powers The consciousness that our cause was just has enabled us to effect this. The separation of Hungary from Austria would no longer be a just...
Page 612 - The cavalry were dismounted, and had theif swords hung on the pommels of their saddles ; the muskets of the infantry were piled in pyramids ; the artillery was drawn close together and unmanned ; the flags and standards lay there •unprotected before tho disarmed ranks.
Page 281 - ... in silence?' Could we have answered the Imperial constitution of the 4th of March more strikingly than we have done, ? 1 cannot decide what, or how much, is advantageous to the people of Europe ; but that to the people of Hungary the smallest victory on the battle-field brings more profit and honour than the most arrogant declaration, I see clearly enough ; and I once more repeat, that battles won for the legitimate King Ferdinand V. and the constitution sanctioned by him are the best answer...

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