Memoirs of Barras, Member of the Directorate - Vol. 4

Memoirs of Barras, Member of the Directorate - Vol. 4

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Memoirs of Barras, Member of the Directorate - Vol. 4

Memoirs of Barras, Member of the Directorate - Vol. 4

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Volume IV and last of the Memoirs of Barras begins with the coup d'état of the 18th Brumaire, Year VIII. (9th November, 1799), and ends with the year 1828; it therefore comprises the Consulate, the Empire, the first Restoration, and the greater portion of the second.

The methods employed in its composition are the same as those of the preceding volumes. A long autographic fragment by Barras has served as the basis of M. de Saint- Albin's editing. In this fragment, evidently written with his future Memoirs in his mind's eye, the ex-Director narrates his life from the time of the event which in 1799 put an end to his political rôle to the year 1817. But it is probable that this narrative was extended up to a later period by Barras. This is at least what would seem to be proved by a chemise (large envelope) indorsed by M. de Saint-Albin: "Consecutive Narrative of Barras, from the 18th Brumaire to 1828. Personal occurrences." And beneath, in the same handwriting: "Used." I have considered it my duty to publish this fragment as an appendix to the present volume, if only for the purpose of furnishing the reader with the means of checking the genuineness of the editing. If one compares the principal passages of this document with the corresponding ones of Volume IV. of the Memoirs, it will be seen that M. de Saint-Albin has freely drawn from this narrative, without, however, denying himself the right to complete it by means . . .

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