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Excerpt from A History of the Thirty Years' Peace, Vol. 1
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend, And white-robed Innocence from heaven descend - pope.
The declaration of the Holy Alliance for so this conven tion of the 26th of September was named - was a rhodomon tade which the Emperor Alexander amused himself by compos ing, with the assistance of a white-robed Innocence, (called Madame Krudenerfi) whilst the prosaic destinies of Eumpe were being settled amidst a con ict of jarring interests. The mysti cal doctrines of political perfectibility had few disciples, although the enthusiastic emperor labored unremittingly for converts. Metternich slyly laughed, and handed it to his master to sign 2 Wellington coldly bowed, and said that the English parliament would require something more precise. The peace of Europe was settled, as every former peace had been settled, upon a struggle for what the respective powers thought most conducive to their own aggrandizement. We shall endeavor brie y to trace some of the circumstances of the final settlement of 1815. Time has revealed many of the hidden movements by which that settlement was accomplished.
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