Memoirs of the Life, Exile, and Conversations, of the Emperor Napoleon, Volume 4

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Page 400 - I beseech her to watch, in order to preserve, my son from the snares which yet environ his infancy. 4. I recommend to my son never to forget that he was born a French prince, and never to allow himself to become an instrument in the hands of the triumvirs who oppress the nations of Europe i he ought never to fight against France, or to injure her in any manner ; he ought to adopt my motto : " Every thing for the French people.
Page 404 - Whatever that deposit may produce beyond the sum of five million six hundred thousand francs, which have been above disposed of, shall be distributed as a gratuity amongst the wounded at the battle of Waterloo, and amongst the officers and soldiers of the battalion of the Isle of Elba, according to a scale to be determined upon by Montholon, Bertrand, Drouot, Cambrone, and the surgeon Larrey.
Page 193 - Duke d'Enghien, who might now be convicted of forming part of this new conspiracy, and taken in the very act, should be that one. It was added, that he had been seen at Strasburg ; that it was even believed that he had been in Paris < and that the plan was, that he should enter France by the East, at the moment of the explosion, whilst the Duke of Berry was disembarking in the West.
Page 410 - This is my Codicil, or Note of my last Will Out of the settlement of my civil list of Italy, such as money, jewels, plate, linen, equipages, of which the Viceroy is the depositary, and which belonged to me, I dispose of two millions, which I bequeath to my most faithful servants. I hope that, without acting upon the credit of any account, my son, Eugene Napoleon, will pay them faithfully. He cannot forget the forty millions which I gave him in Italy, and in the distribution of the inheritance of...
Page 222 - Your company was necessary to me. You are the only one that can read, speak, and understand English. How many nights you have watched over me during my illnesses ! However, I advise you, and if necessary I order you, to demand of the Governor of this country to send you to the Continent...
Page 344 - Him, who is in essence goodness, and of whom your Imperial and Royal Majesties are the image, I entreat that you will interest yourselves to put a period to my son's misery, and to restore him to liberty. For this I implore God, and I implore you who are his Lieutenants on earth. Reasons of state have their limits ; and posterity, which gives immortality, adores, above all things, the generosity of conquerors.
Page 194 - ... only by the nature of the fact itself and the energy of my disposition. Undoubtedly, if I had been informed in time of certain circumstances respecting the opinions of the Prince and his disposition, if, above all, I had seen the letter which he wrote to me, and which, God knows for what reason, was only delivered to me after his death, I should certainly have forgiven him.
Page 394 - I have sanctioned all proper principles, and infused them into my laws and acts ; I have not omitted a single one. Unfortunately, however, the circumstances in which I was placed were arduous, and I was obliged to act with severity, and to postpone the execution of my plans. Our reverses occurred ; I could not unbend the bow ; and France has been deprived of the liberal institutions I intended to give her. She judges me with indulgence ; she feels grateful for my intentions ; she cherishes my name...
Page 194 - I had been strenuously opposed in this affair, and that numerous solicitations had been made to me, they are utterly false, and were only invented to make me appear in a more odious light. The same thing may be said of the various motives that have been ascribed to me ; these motives may have existed in the bosoms of those who acted an inferior part on...
Page 104 - It was my intention to incorporate these several people each into one nation. It would have been a noble thing to have advanced into posterity with such a train, and attended by the blessings of future ages.

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