Napoleon in Council: Or, The Opinions Delivered by Bonaparte in the Council of State
Privat Joseph Claramond Pelet de la Lozčre (comte.), comte Privat Joseph Claramond Pelet de la Lozčre
Robert Cadell, 1837 - France - 334 pages
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Page 189 - So long as they object to laws merely local, I shall let them pursue their own way ; but if there should grow up amongst them such an opposition, as might become strong enough to clog the movements of government, I shall have recourse to the senate to prorogue them ; or change them ; or dissolve them ; and, in case of need, I shall appeal to the nation which is behind all these.
Page 17 - What opinion will be formed of Napoleon and his system of administration by the observations made by him in the Council of State ?" The reply is, that unquestionably the same opinion which the public have already formed will be thereby confirmed. They will recognise in Napoleon's character a mixture of impetuosity and trickery, half French half Italian, but in which impetuosity predominated ; while it was modified by such a decided bearing towards absolute power, that it could not fail, on the one...
Page 49 - ... hundred thousand men — with which I know how to make the republic be treated with respect. " If I had chosen to do so, I might have put the Duke d'Enghien to death publicly, — and, if I did not, it was not from any fear of the consequences — it was in order to prevent the secret partizans of that family from exposing themselves, and thus being ruined. They are now quiet — and it is all I ask of them. I don't investigate the hearts of men to discover their secret sorrows. No complaints...
Page 188 - I consider it quite out of their way to attend to matters of police : taxation and the formation of general laws for civil affairs are their topics. A single session of a month or six weeks, once a year, is quite enough for these purposes. Every thing relating to executive business, public security, or police, is out of their beat ; and so are politics, both internal and external. Indeed, the long residence of the deputies in the country unfits them for these matters.
Page 204 - I do not think we need trouble ourselves with any plan of instruction for young females," Napoleon told the Council. " They cannot be brought up better than by their mothers. Public education is not suitable for them, because they are never called upon to act in public. Manners are all in all to them, and marriage is all they look to.
Page 3 - Posterity, indeed, in the case of Bonaparte, has come much sooner than I had expected ; and I venture to present it with a document which will aid essentially in estimating the character of one of the most extraordinary men who has ever appeared on earth, and whose catastrophe and melancholy end have placed their seal on what was wonderful in his history.
Page 2 - ... and honest intentions. M. Pelet himself touches this topic, though very lightly, in allusion to Buonaparte's St. Helena romances ; but even a slight admission from a person of M. Pelet's character and condition, becomes important evidence on such a subject. We therefore record it. M. Pelet says — ' The St. Helena Memorials, it is true, report his conversations on all sorts of subjects ; but it must be recollected, that, though still alive, he had virtually become a member of posterity. He exhibited...
Page 245 - It is my wish to re-establish the institution for foreign missions; for the religious missionaries may be very useful to me in Asia, Africa, and America, as I shall make them reconnoitre all the lands they visit. The sanctity of their dress will not only protect them, but serve to conceal their political and commercial investigations. The head of the missionary establishment shall reside no longer at Rome, but in Paris.
Page 200 - We must introduce into the body of public teachers the classification of military ranks' — p. 202. ' The minister of public worship must determine what classical works shall be placed in the hands of the young men ; and I desire that he will print a small volume for each class, containing passages selected from ancient as well as modern writers, and which shall have a tendency to inspire the rising generation with opinions in conformity with the principles of the new empire.
Page 48 - is a collection of blockheads (un ramas de badauds) who believe the most absurd reports. Did they not take it into their heads to assert that the princes were concealed in the Austrian ambassador's house— as if I did not dare to seek for them in that asylum ! Are we then in Athens, where criminals cannot be followed into the temple of Minerva ? Was not the Marquis of Bedmar arrested in his own house by the Venetian senate ? and would he not have been hanged but for the dread of the power of Spain?...