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

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

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

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

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Financial Crisis in 1806--Operations of Ouvrard and the United Bankers--The Emperor's Indignation Against the Job-mongers--Ouvrard's Assurance--Measures Taken to Call in the Treasury Advances--M. Barbé-Marbois's Disgrace--M. Mollien Succeeds Him-- About M. Dufresne, M. de Marbois's Predecessor at the Treasury--Punishment of the General Secretary--Exile of Certain Royalists--Mesdames de Chevreuse, de Staël, and Récamier--Particulars About Them--Ten Years of Exile--System of Fusion and of Conciliation--Death of Pitt--Marriage of the Prince of Baden with Stéphanie de Beauharnais--Ill-will of the Court of Baden-- Singular Rumours Concerning the Son of the Prince of Baden--The Emperor's Decision in Favour of the Princess--Creation of Kingdoms, Duchies, and Principalities--System of the French Empire--Prince Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland--Dissolution of the Germanic Empire--The Rhine Confederation-- The Emperor of Germany Renounces his Title--Unrealized Project of a Confederation of the North of Germany under the Protection of Prussia-- Solicitude of the Emperor for Individual Liberty--The Emperor's Decision on the Triumphal Arches--Works of Improvement and Embellishment in Paris and the Departments--Napoleon Pleased with the General Satisfaction-- His Visit to the Castle of Grignon--Napoleon's Private Life--His Physical Constitution--His Illness in 1801--Susceptibility of His Organs--His Toilet--The Simplicity of his Dress--Bonaparte, as Lieutenant of Artillery-- The Imperial Levee--His Meals--Review of New Books--His Campaign- Library--Entrées--Couchees--Theatres--Hunts--Management of the Imperial Household--Budget of the Civil List--M. de Talleyrand--Creation of Two Places of Secretary to the Cabinet--A Three Days' Illness--The Emperor's Dictation--I Obtain a Fellow-worker--Decree Establishing the Organization of the Cabinet--Pension Accorded to Three Vaudeville Authors--A Poet Delivered from the Half of a Stigma--Visit to the Manufactory of Calicoes at Jouy--Arrangements for the Return of the Grande Armée to France-- Trial and Condemnation of the Bookseller Palm-- Unsuccessful Negotiation with Prussia--Circumstance which Brought About Pacific Communications with Mr. Fox, the New English Minister--Unratified Treaty with M. d'Oubril, a Russian Agent--The Death of Mr. Fox Breaks off the Negotiations--Bellicose Delirium at Berlin--M. de Knobelsdorf's Notes--Rupture with Prussia--The Emperor's Departure for the Army--The Prussian Campaign--Battles of Jena and Auerstadt--A Letter from the Emperor to . . .

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