Mémorial de Sainte Hélène: Journal of the Private Life and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon at Saint Helena, Volume 3

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H. Colburn and Company, 1823 - Authors, French
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Page 292 - Greeks adopted a new method, writing their lines alternately from the right to the left, and from the left to the right.
Page 7 - Montholon having asked what troops might be accounted the best ; " Those " who gain victories, Madam," replied the Emperor. "But," added he, " soldiers are capricious -" and inconstant, like you ladies. The best " troops were the Carthaginians under Hannibal ; " the Romans under the Scipios; the Macedo" nians under Alexander ; and the Prussians
Page 163 - Grenoble, and on the fifth day after his embarkation, that he met the first battalion. The commanding officer refused even to hold a parley. The Emperor, without hesitation, advanced alone, and one hundred of his grenadiers marched at some distance from him, with their arms reversed. The sight of Napoleon, his costume, and in particular his grey military great coat, produced a magical effect on the soldiers, and they stood motionless. Napoleon went straight up to a veteran, whose arm was covered...
Page 249 - London, an account of his travels in France, took the trouble to send it, as a present to the Emperor, but you did not think yourself authorized to deliver it to him, because it had not reached you through the channel of your government. It is also said, that other books, sent by their authors have not been delivered, because the address of some was, — To the Emperor Napoleon, and of others, — To Napoleon the Great.
Page 243 - Prussia, that sovereign would not have forgotten that it was optional with the Emperor, after the battle of Friedland, to place another prince on the throne of Berlin ; he would not have forgotten, in the presence of a disarmed enemy, the protestations of attachment and the sentiments which he expressed to him in 1812, at the interviews at Dresden.
Page 44 - ... destruction, 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 keep up a bold look in this embarrassing situation : to reply haughtily to some, and sharply to rebuff others, who created difficulties in my rear, encouraged the mistaken course of public opinion, instead of seeking to give it a proper direction, and suffered me to be tormented by demands for peace, when they ought to have proved that the only...
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 367 - ... in the privacy of intimate intercourse, it was easy to perceive that he no longer thought of the future, meditated on the past, or cared about the present; he merely yielded a passive obedience to the physical laws of Nature, and, thoroughly disgusted with life, he perhaps secretly sighed for thq moment which was to put an end to it.
Page 43 - Powers, who threatened our very existence; and on the other by the want of spirit in my own subjects, who in their blindness seemed to make common cause with them : by our enemies, who were labouring for my destruction, 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...

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