Memoirs of the life of Prince Potemkin ; comprehending original anecdotes of Catharine the Second, and of the Russian court

9781150153068: Memoirs of the life of Prince Potemkin ; comprehending original anecdotes of Catharine the Second, and of the Russian court
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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.1812 Excerpt: ... of the interior of the empire in motion; and sent numerous detachments to Kiof and Cherson, and to all the provinces through which the Empress was to pass. His object was not only to form a strong military line on the road of the sovereign, but also to accustom the troops to changes of garrison, which he had resolved to renew every year, as was done by many powers; and, by alarming the Turks, to force them as it were to a war for which they shewed so great an aversion, and in which he yet so ardently wished to engage them. Potemkin intentionally caused it to be published, that the Empress would find an army of one hundred thousand men collected in the neighbourhood of Kiof, under the command of field-marshal RomanzofF; that he himself should command an army of the same strength near Cherson; and that another corps of sixty thousand men, commanded by general Samo'iloif, his nephew, should be distributed in small detachments all over the country. These statements were probably a little exaggerated; but not very far from the truth. Potemkin had certainly made great efforts, with a view to impress an awe both on the Russians themselves and on their enemies. It Was alike his object, that friendly and inimical powers should form an awful idea of the Russian forces; that the Empress herself, dazzled with the extent of her power, should ascribe its glory to him; and that the secret enemies he might still have about her person should be abashed. But in making these immense preparations, Potemkin had still another design; that of intimidating Joseph the Second. This monarch had been invited to meet the Empress, and with this invitation he had promised compliance. The object of this second interview of the two sovereigns was to complete the arrangements which they had...

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