Universal History, Ancient and Modern: From the Earliest Records of Time, to the General Peace of 1801 ...

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Página 95 - I retired further from the shore, the houses threatened certain destruction, and, at last, I resolved to go to the Mint, which being a low, and very strong building, had received no considerable damage, except in some of the apartments towards the river. The party of soldiers, which is every day set there on guard, had all deserted the place, and the only person that remained was the commanding officer, a nobleman's son, of about seventeen or eighteen years of age, whom I found standing at the gate....
Página 89 - I proceeded on as fast as I conveniently could, though with the utmost caution ; and having at length got clear of this horrid passage, I found myself safe and unhurt in the large open space before St. Paul's church, which had been thrown down a few minutes before, and buried .a great part of the congregation, that was generally pretty numerous, this being reckoned one of the most populous parishes in Lisbon.
Página 87 - ... brains dashed out as every one of them had. However, the imminent danger I was in did not hinder me from considering that my present dress, only a gown and slippers, would render my getting over the ruins almost impracticable : I had, therefore, still presence of mind enough left...
Página 98 - ... places lay coaches with their masters, horses, and riders, almost crushed in pieces; here mothers with infants in their arms; there ladies richly dressed, priests, friars, gentlemen, mechanics, either in the same condition, or just expiring ; some had their backs or thighs broken, others vast stones on their breasts ; some lay almost buried in the rubbish, and crying out in vain to the passengers for succor, were left to perish with the rest.
Página 89 - As self-preservation, however, is the first law of nature, these sad thoughts did not so far prevail as to make me totally despair. I proceeded on as fast as I conveniently could, though with the utmost caution, and having at length got clear of this horrid passage, I found myself safe, and unhurt in the large open space before St. Paul's church, which had been thrown down a few minutes before, and buried a great part of the congregation...
Página 89 - ... this horrid passage, I found myself safe and unhurt in the large open space before St. Paul's church, which had been thrown down a few minutes before, and buried .a great part of the congregation, that was generally pretty numerous, this being reckoned one of the most populous parishes in Lisbon. Here I stood some time considering what I should do, and not thinking myself safe in this situation, I came to the resolution of climbing over the ruins of the west end of the church, in order to get...
Página 96 - Paul's to the river side, as the water now seemed little agitated. From hence I proceeded, with some hazard, to the large space before the Irish convent of Corpo Santo, which had been thrown down, and buried a great number of people who were hearing mass, besides some of the friars ; the rest of the community were standing in the area, looking, with dejected countenances, towards the ruins : from this place I took my way to the back street leading to the palace...
Página 88 - ... degree ; but the dread I was in of sharing the same fate myself, and the many instances of the same kind which presented themselves all around, were too shocking to make me dwell a moment on this single object. I had now a long narrow street to pass, with the houses on each side four or five stories high, all very...
Página 91 - Miserecordia could be distinctly heard from the top of St. Catherine's Hill, at a considerable distance off, whither a vast number of people had likewise retreated ; at the same time we could hear the fall of the parish church there. •whereby many persons were killed on the spot, and others mortally wounded. You may judge of the force of this shock, when I inform you it was so violent that I could scarce keep on my knees ; but it was attended with some circumstances still more dreadful than the...
Página 93 - IOES of the vessels, it is confirmed by everybody ; and with regard to the quay, I went myself a few days after to convince myself of the truth, and could not find even the ruins of a place, where I had taken so many agreeable walks. as this was the common rendezvous of the factory in the cool of the evening. I found it all deep water, and in some parts scarcely to be fathomed. This is the only place I could learn which was swallowed up in or about Lisbon, though I saw many large cracks and fissures...

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