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4154. JOSEPH II., Unprincipled.—[continued].

The Emperor[has] unmeasurable
ambition, and his total want of
moral principle and honor is suspected. A
great share of Turkey, the recovery of Silesia,
the consolidation of his dominions by the Bavarian
exchange, the liberties of the Germanic
body, all occupy his mind together, and his
head is not well enough organized, to pursue
so much only of all this as is practicable.—
To General Washington. Washington ed. ii, 371.
(P. 1788)