Memoirs Illustrating the History of Napoleon I from 1802 to 1815 - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER II.

JOSEPH BONAPARTE informs me of my Admission into the First Consul's Cabinet--My Anxiety on Hearing this News--Admiration expressed by General Bernadotte for Napoleon--I am Summoned to the Tuileries--Friendly Reception from Madame Bonaparte--Family Dinner--Audience in the Evening in the First Consul's Cabinet--First Day--Second Day--The Moral and Physical Properties of Napoleon--His Malady--Consequences of Skin Disease caught at the Siege of Toulon--On His Early Education--On the Attempts of Poetry attributed to Him--On an Alleged Discovery at Lyons of Manuscript in His Own Writing--His Respect for His Parents--Death of His Father--Vote for the Erection of a Monument to His Father by the Municipal Council of Montpellier--Napoleon's Refusal--Affection of Napoleon for His Great-Uncle--Description of the First Consul's Cabinet--The Map Office--His Librarians--His Secretary-Interpreter--Father Dupuis--Souvenirs of His Youth with which Napoleon Surrounded Himself--The First Consul's Household Arrangements--The Changes which were Made in Them--Conspiracy Against His Person--Retrospective Souvenir of the Criminal Attempt of 3rd Nivôse--Secret of the 18th Brumaire, Year VIII. --Félix Lepelletier--Napoleon's Indifference about His Personal Safety-- Quiet Life which he Led at the Beginning of the Consulate--Family Theatricals at La Malmaison--Advances Made to Literary Men and Rejected--Ducis and Lemercier--His Opinions on Poets--Napoleon's Simplicity and Kindheartedness--Souvenirs of the Egyptian Campaign--Orders of the Day in the Army of the East--County D'Orsay--M. De Bourrienne-- His Position with the First Consul--Reasons of His Disgrace--Its Consequences--Bulletin of the Sitting of the Court of Assizes During the Georges Trial--How His Memoirs, full of False or Inexact Assertions, were not Written by Him--His Mission to Hamburg--My Position with the First Consul, and How it was Almost Unknown--The Second and Third Consuls --The Ministers--The Secretary of State--The State Council--First Labours of the Cabinet--Amnesty of the Émigrés--Origin and Motives of the Senatus Consultum--MM. de Breteuil and de Calonne--Mesdames de Damas and de Champcenetz--La Harpe--Law on Public Instruction--Foundation of the Public Schools--Scholarship Awarded to Young Thiers--Foundation of Houses of Education for Girls--Institution of the Legion of Honour-- Opposition which it Encountered--The Consulate for Life--On Popular Suffrage--"Edward in Scotland"--"L'Antichambre"--Mademoiselle Chevigny--Duel between Generals Destaing and Reynier--Bichat and Desault-- Numerous Arrivals of English in France--LordHenry Petty and M. Dumont-- Mr. Fox--Moreau--The Memel Interview--The First Consul sends an Officer of His Guard There--Repression of Algerian Piracies--Hulin at Algiers--On the Different Anniversaries of the 14th of July.

THE reader will pardon me for having spoken at such length on my first initiation to a knowledge of a period of history which occupied my entire attention,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editor's Preface. v
  • Author's Preface. ix
  • Translator's Note. xxi
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 95
  • Chapter IV 241
  • Index of Names of Persons Mentioned in This Volume. 411
  • Index . - Of Books, Periodicals, Plays, Hymns, Songs, Etc., Referred to in This Volume 420
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