Life of Napoleon Buonaparte: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution, Volume 9

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Page 399 - It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well.
Page 299 - Oh, ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower But 'twas the first to fade away ; I never nursed a dear gazelle, To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me, it was sure to die.
Page 262 - Not the smallest wrinkle was discernible on his brow, nor an approach to a furrow on any part of his countenance. His health and spirits, judging from appearances, were excellent ; though at this period it was generally believed in England that he was fast sinking under a complication of diseases, and that his spirits were entirely gone. His manner of speaking was rather slow than otherwise, and perfectly distinct ; and he waited with great patience and kindness for my answers to his questions.
Page 401 - 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, Brouot, Cambronne and the surgeon Larrey.
Page 291 - Ruel fell upon my ear, and renewed all the impressions of my youth. I was profoundly affected, such is the power of early habit and associations ; and I considered, if such was the case with me, what must not be the effect of such recollections upon the more simple and credulous vulgar ? Let your philosophers answer that. The people must have a religion.
Page 127 - sometimes an idea of quitting you, and this " would not be very difficult ; it is only necessary " to create a little mental excitement, and I shall " soon have escaped. — All will be over, and you " can then quietly rejoin your families. This is " the more easy, since my internal principles do " not oppose any bar to it :— I am one of those " who conceive that the pains of the other world " were only imagined as a counterpoise to those " inadequate allurements which are offered to
Page 409 - Article 36, and to follow in every respect the same course as the other legacies. 7. The nine thousand pounds sterling which we gave to Count and Countess Montholon, should, if they have been paid, be deducted and carried to the account of the legacies which we have given him by our testament.
Page 408 - Auxonne before the Revolution, the sum of one hundred thousand francs, as a memento of gratitude for the care which that brave general took of us when we were lieutenant and captain under his orders. 2. Item. To the son or grandson of General Dugomier, who commanded in chief the army of Toulon, the sum of one hundred thousand francs.
Page 371 - Our ranks were further thinned by the numbers of men who carried off the wounded, part of whom never returned to the field. The number of Belgian and Hanoverian troops, many of whom were young levies, that crowded to the rear, was very considerable, besides the number of our own dismounted dragoons, together with a proportion of our infantry, some of whom, as will always be found in the best armies, were glad , to escape from the field. These thronged the road leading to Brussels, in a manner that...
Page 401 - Ligny, one hundred thousand francs. 23. Item. To the children of General Chartrand, one hundred thousand francs. 24. Item. To the children of the virtuous General Travot, one hundred thousand francs. 25. Item. To General Lallemand the elder, one hundred thousand francs.

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