The court and camp of Bonaparte

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Harper, 1835 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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Page iii - BIOGRAPHY is, of the various kinds of narrative writing, that which is most eagerly read, and most easily applied to the purposes of life. In romances, when the wild field of possibility lies open to invention, the incidents may easily be made more numerous, the vicissitudes more sudden* and the events more wonderful ; but from the time of life when fancy begins to be over-ruled by reason and corrected by experience...
Page 271 - He had been in fifty-four pitched battles, and in three hundred combats of different kinds. He was a man of uncommon bravery ; cool in the midst of fire ; and possessed of a clear, penetrating eye, ready to take advantage of any opportunity which might present itself. Violent and hasty in his expressions, sometimes even in my presence, he was ardently attached to me.
Page 228 - Wagram, a ball struck him off his horse, without doing him any further injury. A mournful cry arose from the whole battalion, upon which Napoleon remarked, the next time he saw him, ' Bessieres, the ball which struck you drew tears from all my guard. Return thanks to it. It ought to be very dear to you.
Page 111 - By what art is it that you have been able to captivate all my faculties, and to concentrate in yourself my moral existence ? It is a magic, my sweet love, which will finish only with my life. To live for Josephine — there is the history of my life. I am trying to reach you, — I am dying to be near you. Fool that I am, I do not perceive that I increase the distance between us. What lands, what countries separate us ! What a time before you read these weak expressions of a troubled soul in which...
Page 114 - ... the extravagance of his prices and in charging for articles which he had not furnished, were astonishing. I need say nothing of the other tradesmen, it was the same system of plunder throughout. I availed myself fully of the First Consul's permission, and spared neither reproaches nor menaces. I am ashamed to say that the greater part of the tradesmen were contented with the half of what they demanded.
Page 386 - After complimenting the latter, and observing that they understood the laws and courtesies of war, he told them there was one thing which they did not understand, and that was how to deal with the Spaniards. He then...
Page 207 - French serjeant, who so particularly attracted the notice of Colonel Wangenheim, commandant of the Hanoverian troops in the English service, by his interesting appearance and manners, that he ordered the young man to be conveyed to his own tents, where he was treated with attention and kindness until his recovery and release. Many years afterwards, when the French army under Bernadotte entered Hanover, General Wangenheim, among others, attended the levee of the conqueror. " You have served a great...
Page 292 - I received caused my being separated from the army. I would with delight have exchanged this wound for the certainty of receiving a mortal stroke at the close of the day, to have preserved the faculty of command ; so...
Page 282 - ... the retreating enemy. On passing by Macdonald, he stopped, and held out his hand to him, saying, ' Shake hands, Macdonald ! no more animosity between us : we must henceforward be friends ; and, as a pledge of my sincerity, I will send you your marshal's staff, which you so gloriously earned in
Page 320 - Lisle he addressed the following letter to Mortier : — " My dear Marshal, — I give up to you entirely the command which I have had the happiness of exercising conjointly with you in the department of the North. I am too good a Frenchman to sacrifice the interests of France because new misfortunes compel me to quit it. I go to hide myself in retirement and oblivion. It only remains for me to release you from all the orders which I have given you, and to recommend you to do what your excellent...

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