The History of Napoleon the First - Vol. 4

The History of Napoleon the First - Vol. 4

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The History of Napoleon the First - Vol. 4

The History of Napoleon the First - Vol. 4

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Napoleon had no sooner terminated his arrangements with Alexander, than he hastened to make Europe feel it by the haughty and irritating arrogance of his language. Austria especially, being the only continental power which at that moment could cause him embarrassment, should, he thought, be made to reflect on the consequences of this new change of fortune. Never capable, however, when successful, of keeping within bounds, instead of showing firmness and resolution, he broke forth into threats and bravado. On the 14th of October he answered the very courteous letter which Baron de Vincent had brought him from the emperor of Austria on the 29th of September. Having commenced by reminding this sovereign that he might have dismembered the Austrian monarchy if he wished, but that he did not , -- an assertion remarkable in the first place for its bad taste, and secondly untrue, for even after Austerlitz he could not have done so without ruining himself,--Napoleon proceeded to give the emperor a series of warnings, which he intended to be so many insults to his dignity as a sovereign. 'What your Majesty is, you are by my consent . That is the best . . .

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