Napoleon and Blücher: An Historical Novel

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D. Appleton, 1892 - Germany - 301 pages
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Page 295 - The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, the Emperor Napoleon, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to...
Page 284 - I have given you and the spirit of all my letters you must not allow the Empress and the King of Rome to fall into the hands of the enemy, in any case whatever.
Page 240 - I am one of those men whom you may kill, but cannot dishonour. Is it by such reproaches that you expect to restore the lustre of the throne? What is the throne? Four pieces of gilded wood covered with a piece of velvet. The real throne has its seat in the nation : you cannot separate the two without mutual injury ; for the nation has more need of me than I have of the nation. What could it do without a chief and without a...
Page 265 - I intrust to you what I hold dearest in the world — my wife and my son. Let there be no political divisions: let the respect for property, the maintenance of order, and, above all, the love of France, animate every bosom.
Page 284 - Rome to fall into the hands of the enemy. I am about to manoeuvre in such a manner that you may possibly be several days without hearing from me. Should the enemy advance upon Paris with such forces as to render all resistance impossible, send off in the direction of the Loire the empress, the King of Rome, the great dignitaries, the ministers, the officers of the senate, the president of the council of state, the great officers of the crown, and the treasure. Never quit my son ; and keep in mind...
Page 301 - I might contribute to your glory. I am about to write the great deeds we have done together. Adieu, my children ! I would I could press you all to my heart ; but I will at least press your eagle.
Page 295 - France, and even life itself, for the good of the country, inseparable from the rights of his son, of the regency of the empress, and of the maintenance of the laws of the empire.
Page 301 - France must daily have become more unhappy. I have therefore sacrificed all our interests to those of our country. I depart ; but you remain to serve France. Its happiness was my only thought ; it will always be the object of my wishes. Lament not my lot ; if I have consented to survive myself, it was that I might contribute to your glory.

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