Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER III.

The Emperor's Fête -- Presents Offered by the Russian and Persian Ambassadors -- Visit to David's Studio -- General Revolt in Spain -- Honourable Reception Paid by the City of Paris to the Columns of the Great Army--The Erfurth Interview--Details-Fête given at Weimar--Presentation of Goethe and Wieland to the Emperor Napoleon--BaronVincent at Erfurth--Convention Between the two Emperors--Adieux-The King and Queen of Prussia visit Emperor Alexander on his Return--M. de Romanzoff--Landing of the French Army from Portugal at Rochefort--M. de Bourmont--The Belem Bible--Princede Bénévent's Conduct at Erfurth--His Nocturnal Conversations with Emperor Alexander--His Intelligences with Austria--Marriage of his Nephew to the Princess Dorothea of Courland--Reasons by which Prince de Bénévent Justifies his Conduct at Erfurth--The Marquis de la Romana's Escape from the Danish Isles--His Landing in Spain--The Emperor's Departure for the Army--My Journey from Marrac to Vittoria--Occupation of Burgos-- The Castle of Lerma--The Soma-Sierra Defile--Arrival before Madrid-- Summonses--Spanish Monks at the Bivouac--Entry of the Army into Madrid-- The Emperor's Head-quarters at Chamartin--KingJoseph arrives there--He Establishes Himself at the Pardo--Queen of Naples's Correspondence found at Chamartin--Acts of Severity and of Clemency--Pillage Repressed--March to Meet the English Army--Crossing the Guadarama--Stay at the Convent of Tordesillas--Audience Given to the Abbess of this Convent--Her Ingenuousness--The Emperor's Kindness towards Her--Reflections of the Emperor on Convents--News of the Armings in Austria--Return to Valladolid--A Deputation from the City of Madrid--MarshalLannes Sent to the Siege of Saragossa--Portrait of Saint Napoleon found in the Dominican Convent-- Results of this Short Campaign--Return at Great Speed to Paris--Marshal Berthier sent out to the Army--Decree against the French in Foreign Services-- Violent Reproaches Addressed to Prince de Bénévent at the Issue of the Privy Council--The Ex-Minister's Impassibility--His Apparent Oblivion of the Humiliation which he had Undergone--M. de Montesquiou is Appointed Grand Chamberlain--Pensions Accorded to Members of the Ancient Reigning Family--Exile of Certain Persons belonging to the Faubourg St. Germain-- The Duchess of Gesvres--The Emperor goes into the Elysée--Surrender of Saragossa--Notre Dame de Pilar--Picture Representing the Emperor in his Cabinet--Nominations to the two Vacant Posts of Secretary of the Cabinet--Note on M. Mounier, one of the New Secretaries--Organization and Staff of the Topographical Office--The Austrian Army enters Bavaria Without previously Declaring War--The Emperor's Departure for the Campaign of 1809--Misunderstanding of His Orders--Opening of the Campaign--Battle of Eckmuhl--The Emperor is Wounded before Ratisbon--Encounter at Abensberg-- Taking of Vienna--Short Stay at Schönbrunn--The Island of Lobau--Battle of Essling--Death of Marshal Lannes--Regrets Caused by his Loss to the Emperor--Return to Schönbrunn--The Army assembled in the Island of Lobau--The Austrian General Chasteler--The Partisans Kats, Dornberg, Schill--Irruption of the Duke of Brunswick--Oels into Westphalia--Success of the Arm), in Italy--It joins the Great Army--The Battle of Raab-- Second Crossing of the Danube--Battle of Wagram--Alert--Visit to the Field of Battle--ColonelOudet--Macdonald, Oudinot and Marmont appointed

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 78
  • Chapter III 166
  • Chapter IV 246
  • Chapter V 328
  • Chapter VI 398
  • Index - Of Names of Persons Mentioned in This Volume. 473
  • I N D E X - Of Books, Periodicals, Plays. Hymns, Songs, Etc., Referred to in This Volume. 484
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