Hungary and Transylvania: With Remarks on Their Condition, Social, Political and Economical, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1839 - Hungary - 631 pages

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Page 471 - Should I turn upon the true prince? Why, thou knowest, I am as valiant as Hercules : but beware instinct ; the lion will not touch the true prince. Instinct is a great matter; I was a coward on instinct. I shall think the better of myself and thee, during my life; I, for a valiant lion, and thou for a true prince.
Page 400 - ... by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, and in any other manner they can, till the grievance is redressed according to their pleasure; saving harmless our own person, and the persons of our queen and children ; and when it is redressed, they shall obey us as before.
Page 290 - I never saw ; and in some houses the cellar was not less plentifully supplied, and that too with a very tolerable wine. The cow-house was rarely without one or two tenants ; the stable boasted a pair or sometimes four horses; the pig-sties, it is true, were empty, but only because the pigs had not yet returned from the stubble-fields ; and to these most of the houses added sheep-sheds and poultry-pens, — presenting altogether perhaps as good a picture of a rich and prosperous peasantry as one could...
Page 226 - When such a man fails, the honest confidence, the high resolves, the purest aspirations of millions are sacrificed. One feels a sickening at the heart, a contempt for virtue, a hatred of one's kind, when the man we have worshipped as the idol of our hopes deceives us in the expectations we have formed of him. The Hungarians, however, need not entertain such fears: whatever may be the difference in opinion as to the means, no one can doubt the rectitude of Szechenyi's object. It cannot be denied that...
Page 161 - Hungary, and that the exportation of gold and silver should be prevented ; that the paper money should be abolished, and a return made to a metallic currency; that the Hungarian language should be used in all official business ; that the fiscal estates — such as have fallen to the Crown on the extinction of the families to whom they were granted — should, as the law directs, be given only as the reward of public services, and not sold, as at present, to the highest bidder ; and lastly, that spies...
Page 257 - Government, and are free from all seigneurial impositions. Let the reader keep this fact in mind ; for it serves to show that it is not the amount of taxation which renders men poor and miserable, but the absence of a knowledge and desire of something better, and of the industry and thousand virtues to which that knowledge gives birth. It is but fair to say that I never saw such houses in any other part of Hungary; though I believe, during the Turkish war, a great part of the country was reduced...
Page 160 - Lodomeria, should be reincorporated with Hungary ; that the military frontiers should be placed under the command of the Palatine and governed by Hungarian laws ; that the duty on salt should be reduced ; that the edicts of Government to officers of justice should be discontinued ; that the laws respecting the taxes on the clergy should be observed ; that the Hungarian Chancery should be made really, not merely nominally, independent of the Austrian Chancery; that the coinage should bear the arms...
Page 292 - ... generally only of one chamber, where the whole family must live. Attached to the house is a shed for the oxen and pigs; horses and sheep they have none. I must confess, I cannot speak so minutely of the interior of the cottages here as at Z , for, in going towards one of them, I stepped tip to the knees in a mess of putrefying hemp; which, with the filthy appearance of the children crowding the threshold, effectually cooled my curiosity. Such are the varieties to be found among the Hungarian...
Page 450 - ... poisoned by the nobles, to get rid of them ; and they, in consequence, rose in revolt, and committed the most dreadful excesses. One gentleman was seized by the peasants of the village, among whom he had been, up to that moment, exceedingly popular, dragged from his home to the public street, and then beaten for several successive hours, to make him confess where he had concealed the poison.

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