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By J. H. STOCQUELER,

AUTHOR OP 'THE LIFE OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,' 'INDIA,'
'TRAVELS IN PERSIA, RUSSIA,' ETC.

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PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET, AND CHASING CROSS.

INTRODUCTION.

The following sketch appears to be called for at the present juncture.

Rightly to understand the military operations which may follow upon the mutual declaration of war between Austria on the one hand"and France and Sardinia upon the other, it is necessary that the reader should have before him a sketch of the topographical features of the country which is likely to become the theatre of strife, and a brief history of Piedmont in its relations to the two, greater Powers. I have endeavoured to be concise, for the ordinary claims upon public attention do not allow of the devotion of too much time to one subject.

J. H. S.

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