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

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CHAPTER II.

Excellent Results of General Sebastiani's Embassy to Constantinople-- Decision on the Monument Dedicated to the Great Army--Reception of the Ambassadors of Turkey and Persia--The Ambassador Accompanies the Emperor at a Grand Review--Persian History of Alexander the Great-- Treaty with Persia--Failure of the Negotiations Begun with the Turkish Ambassador--Armistice with Sweden--Siege and Taking of Dantzig-- Marshal Lefebvre Becomes Duke of Dantzig--Fruitless Negotiations with the Allies--Attack by the Russians--Victory of Heilsberg and Friedland-- Tilsitt--Interview Between the two Emperors and the King of Prussia-- Stay at Tilsitt--Familiar Life and Intimacy of the two Emperors--The Queen of Prussia at Tilsitt--Plans for the Division of Turkey--Treaties of Tilsitt (Public and Secret Clauses)--Creation of the Kingdom of Westphalia and the Grand-duchy of Warsaw--Constitution--Project for the Exchange of Silesia for Austrian Galicia--Reason why this Plan was Given Up--On the Tilsitt Alliance--Bombardment of Copenhagen--General Indignation in Europe--M. de Talleyrand's Friends Suspected of an Abuse of Confidence --Death of the Crown Prince of Holland--Tragic End of Sultan Selim-- Departure of the Sovereigns from Tilsitt--Their Leave-taking--Napoleon's Stay in Kœnigsberg and Dresden--GeneralSavary's Mission to St. Petersburg--Arrival of the Emperor at St. Cloud--General Rejoicings--Organization of the Kingdom of Westphalia--Pictures from the Cassel Gallery--Liberal Constitution--Interview between Prince Jérôme and the Princess of Wurtemberg at the Château du Raincy--Civil and Religious Marriage--The King and the Queen Spend Three Months in Paris--Change in the Ministry --M. de Talleyrand appointed Vice-Grand Elector-- -He Leaves the Foreign Office--Suppression of the Tribunate--Examination of Laws Attributed to Commissions--Re-establishment of the Audit Office--New Arming Against England--Army of Observation Intended to Force Portugal to Accede to the Tilsitt Conventions--Busy Work in the Cabinet--General Confidence--Opening of the Session of the Legislature by the Emperor-- Institution of a Hereditary Nobility--Presents Distributed Amongst the Chiefs of the Army--The Extraordinary Domain--The Emperor's Views as to My Future--Stay at Fontainebleau--The Army on the March for Portugal--Contentions Between France and Spain--Convention with Denmark-- Letters from King Charles IV. and the Prince of the Asturias to the Emperor--Long Conversations on This Subject with the Prince of Bénévent --Madame de Bonchamps--General Ordener, First Equerry to the Empress --Journey in Italy--Crossing Mount Cénis--Fêtes Given at Milan--Prince Eugene Declared Heir Presumptive to the Crown of Italy--New Decrees or Reprisals on the New Edict of the British Government--Stay in Venice --Fêtes--Interview Between Napoleon and Lucien Bonaparte at Mantua-- Lucien's Eldest Daughter Sent to Paris--The Emperor's Intentions as to This Child--The Emperor's Displeasure: the Child Sent Back to Her Father --Stay in Alexandria--Return to Paris--The Grand Sanhédrin--Reports Handed in by the Various Classes of the Institute--New Letters from the King of Spain--Suit Against the Prince of the Asturias--The Degeneration of Spain--She Inspires the Emperor with Mistrust--He Thinks of Taking Precautions Against this Doubtful Ally--March of the French Armies

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 78
  • Chapter III 166
  • Chapter IV 246
  • Chapter V 328
  • Chapter VI 398
  • Index - Of Names of Persons Mentioned in This Volume. 473
  • I N D E X - Of Books, Periodicals, Plays. Hymns, Songs, Etc., Referred to in This Volume. 484
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