Recollections of the Revolution and the Empire: From the French of the "Journal D'Une Femme de Cinquante Ans"

Recollections of the Revolution and the Empire: From the French of the "Journal D'Une Femme de Cinquante Ans"

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Recollections of the Revolution and the Empire: From the French of the "Journal D'Une Femme de Cinquante Ans"

Recollections of the Revolution and the Empire: From the French of the "Journal D'Une Femme de Cinquante Ans"

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The author of the "Journal of a Woman of Fifty Years," Henriette-Lucie Dillon, was born at Paris, 25 February 1770, and died at Pisa, Italy, 2 April 1853. The 21 May 1787, she married Frédéric-Séraphin, Comte de Gouvernet, who upon the death of his father on the scaffold, 28 April 1794, took the title of Comte de La Tour du Pin de Gouvernet. Under the Second Restoration he was named a Peer of France and given the title of Marquis. The events of his life from the date of his marriage to the epoch of the Hundred Days are told in the following memoirs of his wife. Other details of his career will be found in the Postscript.

In her "Journal" Madame de La Tour du Pin relates all the notable incidents of the period of her life comprised between her childhood and the end of the month of March, 1815, immediately following the return of Napoleon from Elba. Her history from that time on is closely linked with that of her husband, and will be related in that connection.

Her memoirs were written from time to time, with long interruptions. Commenced on the first day of January, 1820, the last pages of the First Part were not finished, or put in final shape, until about twenty years later. The Second Part was not begun until February, 1843, and at the time of her death ten . . .

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