Rossel's Posthumous Papers by Louis-nathaniel RosselRossel's Posthumous Papers by Louis-nathaniel Rossel

Rossel's Posthumous Papers

byLouis-nathaniel Rossel

Paperback | February 4, 2012

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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. 1872. Excerpt: ... A Letter to M. Gambetta. February. At last you have ceased to be a minister--to be my minister. Without doubt you have been seized with disgust; or else you have grown weary of the powerless dictatorship you held; weary of all the little intellects which surrounded you, of all the petty ideas and petty anxieties which trammelled you. Torn from the Government, where your energy was a standing reproach to every one, you are restored to the cause of the defence. No more ambitions to restrain or gratify; no more Bourbakis to humour; no balance to be maintained any longer between your men who were reactionists and your ideas which were revolutionary. The revolution must, perhaps, be entered upon afresh. If this terrible tenure of office has not exhausted you, I trust that we shall undertake it. You are wanting in military understanding; that defect has proved your destruction. The decision and boldness with which you overflow are shamefully wanting in our generals; and yet those are the true gifts of military men. For my part, I could never understand what you were doing in your study. When I think that a few hours a week sufficed for Napoleon to get through the routine work to which you were reduced, I side with the despot against you. He made war, and you let others make it. Your government has not proved a fighting government; it was too like the preceding one--a quantity of offices and a little police. Never mind; you are no longer the government. You are still the most determined and the most intelligent man our party have given birth to. For our sakes I bitterly regretted to see you abdicate, or rather to see you little by little eliminated from power. But the sympathy, mingled with pity, which I felt for your government leads me to excuse that fault; an...
Title:Rossel's Posthumous PapersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217985343

ISBN - 13:9780217985345