Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène: Journal de la vie privée et des conversations de l'empereur Napoléon à Sainte Hélène, Part 6

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H. Colburn, 1823
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Page 159 - The postillion, after expressing his great astonishment at finding the Emperor there, stated, in answer to the questions that were put to him, that he had just come from Paris ; that all along the road, as far as Avignon, he...
Page 352 - Notwithstanding all that she has said against me, and all that she will yet say, I am certainly far from thinking or saying that she has a bad heart : the fact is, that she and I have waged a little war against each other, and that is all.
Page 258 - And whose, then?' — 'Your Majesty's.' — ' How so, you little rogue, do you mean to insult me ?' The Emperor took the manuscript, tried a long while to read it, and at last threw it down, saying, ' He is right : 1 cannot tell myself what is written.
Page 229 - I feel more and more that peace is necessary; and the sovereigns of the Continent are as anxious for peace as I am. I feel no passionate prejudice against England; I bear her no insurmountable hatred : she has followed against me a system of repulsion; I have adopted against her the Continental system, not so much from a jealousy of ambition, as my enemies suppose, but in order to reduce England to the necessity of adjusting our differences. Let England be rich and prosperous; it is no concern of...
Page 259 - The Emperor made many remarkable observations on that subject ; amongst others, " Pray," said he, " am I not said to be given to the belief in predestination?" "Yes, Sire, at least by many people." " Well, well! let. them say on ; one may sometimes be tempted to imitate, and it may occasionally be useful. . . . But what are men! . . . . How much easier it is to occupy their attention, and to strike their imaginations, by absurdities than by rational ideas! But can a man of sound sense listen for...
Page 161 - Some of the more discontented secretly informed Napoleon that the authorities of the town were very hostile to him, but that the mass of the people were devoted to him, and only waited till his back was turned to rid themselves of the miscreants. He replied, "Be not too hasty. Let them have the mortification of seeing our triumph without having anything to reproach us with.
Page 163 - Every thing turned out as he had calculated : victory advanced at a charging step, and the national eagle flew from steeple to steeple, till at length it perched on the towers of Notre Dame. The Emperor, however, admitted that at first he was not without some degree of alarm and uncertainty. As he advanced, it is true the whole population enthusiastically declared themselves in his favour ; but he saw no soldiers : they were all carefully removed from the places through which he passed. It was not...
Page 43 - ... tion, and by the importunities of my people " and even my ministers, who urged me to throw " myself on the mercy of foreigners. And I was " obliged to maintain a good appearance in this " embarrassing situation : to reply haughtily to
Page 21 - On one occasion only was his vigour ever known to relax. The Emperor called him up, after midnight, to write to his dictation : M. Daru was so completely overcome by fatigue, that he scarcely knew what he was writing; at length he could hold out no longer, and he fell asleep over his paper. After enjoying a sound nap, he awoke, and, to his astonishment, perceived the Emperor by his side quietly engaged in writing. The shortness of the candles informed him that his slumber had been of tolerable...
Page 252 - Castlereagh had said, at a meeting in Ireland, that Napoleon had declared at St. Helena that he never would have made peace with England but to deceive her, to take her by surprise, and to destroy her ; and that, if the French army was attached to the Emperor, it was because he was in the habit of giving the daughters of the richest families of his empire in marriage to his soldiers : the Emperor, moved with indignation, dictated as follows: "These calumnies uttered against a man who is so barbarously...

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