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

By Claude-François de Méneval; Napoleon Joseph de Méneval | Go to book overview

CHAPTER V.

The Duke of Schleswig Augustenburg Elected Crown Prince of Sweden-- His Death--Troubles on this Occasion--Some Swedish Officers ask Bernadotte to Replace this Prince--Preference Given by the Emperor to Prince Eugene, Who Refuses--Assent Given to Bernadotte's Election--Retrospective Review of this Marshal's Political Career--Fouché's Disgrace--His Refusal to Restore the Papers of His Ministry--GeneralSavaryCreated Minister of Police-- Anecdote--GeneralFoy Sent to the Emperor by Marshal Masséna--Particulars About this General--His "History of the War in the Peninsula"-- Rupture of the Morlaix Negotiations for the Exchange of Prisoners--Principal Events in 1810--Reunion of the Hanseatic Towns of Mecklenburg and Oldenburg--Misadventure Which Happened to Prince Bénévent--Singular Fortunes--French Favourites of the Pasha of Jerusalem and of the Emperor of Morocco--Roustan--His Mother--Review of the Police Reports--Order Given for the Recall of Certain Royalists whose Names were Mentioned in the Reports--The Exile of Mesdames de Chevreuse, Staël, and Récamier is Maintained--Napoleon's Kindness Towards His Servants--His Generosity-- Carnot--His Letter--Chénier--Pougens--Pension Granted to Palissot-- Napoleon Susceptible to Friendship--MarshalMarmont--Princede Neufchatel --M. de Las Cases--On the St. Helena Manuscript--Princede Bénévent-- MadameGrant--Purchase of the Monaco Mansion--Napoleon's Friendship for Alexander-- This Prince's Cypher is Effaced on the Bas-relief of the Column in the Place Vendôme--Sitting with Reference to Him at the State Council--Clandestine Circulation of the Bull of Excommunication--Address from the Metropolitan Chapter to the Emperor--National Council in Paris-- Particulars--Declaration of the French Clergy written by Bossuet--The Decision of the Council--Factious Opposition of some French Bishops--The Emperor's Policy with Reference to the Court of Rome--Strict Order Introduced into the Financial Department--Reason of the Emperor's Objection to Public Loans--Loans Made to Commercial and Banking Houses-- The State Budget Fixed Each Month by the Emperor--Encouragements Given to Industry--A Prize of One Million Promised to the Inventor of a Flax-Spinning Machine--The Empress Enceinte--M. de Mesgrigny is Sent to Vienna on this Occasion--Communication to the Senate--Madamede Mailly treated like a Marshal's Wife--Presentation of Lyons Manufacture to the Empress--Creation of the Society of Maternal Charity--Madamede Montesquiou is Appointed Governess of the King of Rome--Painful Labour--Napoleon's Anxiety--Fear for the New-born Child--This Anxiety is Dispelled--A Hundred and One Cannon Shots--General Enthusiasm-- Mission Given to the Pages and the Officers--Private Baptism--French and Austrian Orders Deposited on the Cradle--Reflections on this Subject-- Reception of the Great Corporations of the State--Drawbacks of Familiarity-- Anecdote on General Lannes--The Page Gudin--Anecdote Concerning a Milliner-Poetical Homage--Casimir Delavigne--Lebrun--Child's Song Composed by Madame de Genlis--Gérard--Prudhon--Extraordinary Foreign Embassy--DoctorDubois is Magnificently Rewarded--His Declaration to Napoleon--The Empress's Churching--Hopes for Lasting Peace--Journey to Rambouillet--The King of Spain Comes to See the Emperor There--Object of His Visit.

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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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