Excerpt from The Kings and Cabinets of Europe: And Their Victims The following pages arc addressed to you by one who, for many years has advocated the rights you are w so bly vindicating, and who has spent a great part of his life in composing a History which depicts in true colors, the causes that for thousands of years have made you the victims of despotism. Listen a moment to the voice of a true friend, who has taken much pains to make himself acquainted with your enemies as well as with both your real and your pretended friends, and you will be informed of the plans both of the former and of the latter; you will learn to kw those persons on whom, in the ensuing struggle, you may confidently rely. But, in order to give you a clear insight into the designs of your enemies, and of the means by which you may attain that rational freedom you ought long since to have possessed, we must turn our eyes to what has taken place in Europe from that time, you were, by false promises and every artifice of deception, induced to lavish your blood in the fratricidal wars of 1813, 14, and 15. Nothing may seem more false, yet, thing is nevertheless more true, than that the cause of liberty and the principles of democracy suffered a most deplorable defeat, in the downfall of the imperial eagles of France. In consequence of the victory the princes and the aristocrats of Europe then gained over Napoleon - the champion of democracy, the friend of the people, and the formidable enemy of legitimate kings - the powerful foes of the people were enabled to trample under foot for fifteen years, less those who were defeated than those who had been the instruments of their triumph. They who afterwards dared to ask for that freedom which had been so profusely promised, were punished with iron rods and treated with more rigor than if they had been the greatest of criminals. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.