Memoirs of Barras: Member of the Directorate - Vol. 1

Memoirs of Barras: Member of the Directorate - Vol. 1

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Memoirs of Barras: Member of the Directorate - Vol. 1

Memoirs of Barras: Member of the Directorate - Vol. 1

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In a holographic will, dated Paris, the 30th day of April, 1827, registered on the 2d day of February, 1829, and deposited, pursuant to an order of the President of the Civil Tribunal of the Seine, in the office of Me Damaison, notary, domiciled in Paris, on the 30th day of March of the same year, Paul Barras, a former member of the Directorate, willed as follows:

"I give and bequeath to M. Rousselin de Saint-Albin a copy of Anacharsis, and my geographical maps. Moreover, it is my desire that my papers and Memoirs, which are deposited with one of my friends, be delivered to him, in order that he shall edit the Memoirs, which I have not had time to edit myself. . . ."

On the morning of the 29th of January, 1829, Barras, feeling his end approaching (he died the same day at his residence, No. 70 Rue de Chaillot), summoned to his side his godson, M. Paul Grand. "Fearing that the civil power might seize his papers, in order to destroy the evidence of facts undoubtedly objectionable to the Government of the day, and more especially a correspondence which had taken place between him and Louis XVIII., and having special grounds for his fears owing to the recent seizure of the papers of Cambacérès, Barras, a few moments before his death, thought it advisable to take all necessary steps to prevent a like proceeding. . . . He imparts his fears to Paul Grand, and urgently requests him to take the neces-

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