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suspended, may at a moment the least We shall now proceed to lay before looked for, again break forth in full our readers some specimens of the con- • and - tremendous activity. Whether tents of these volumes. Our accomdhe publieation of this book, by Mr. panying remarks will be few, as we reMeart-is-celeulated to work mis- serve our comment for the close of our chat in the femment it will probably extracts
, which our readers must be Tezitë. we cannot venture to pro- eager to peruse: we must premise, notile ; but we may affirm, that no however, that the publication of a book erremies of tranquility will accuse him written as this is, betokens no little of having throwir pacificatory oil over hardihood in the author, in whom we che troubled waters -.
cannot discern an impartial narrator. We regard it as an_ynqaestionable It seems, however, that on the very certainty, that the far greater number first opportunity that occurred after the
the readers of this book will be ma- arrival of Sir H. Lowe on the island, erially influenced in the formation of that officer was insulted by Bonaparte: keit estimate of its-ments and de- The following day Sir Hudson Lowe menits; by the bias of their political landed, and was installed as governor, with opinjons. The enemies of the family sent to Longwood, that the new governor nav reigning in France, those persons would visit Napoleon at nine o'clock on the sho tenaciously think Bonaparte was following morning. Accordingly, a little a great and good man, and the parties in the midst of a pelting storm of rain and most inimical to the ministers of the wind, accompanied by Sir George Cockburn
crown, here in England, wilkfind much and followed by his numerous staff. As in the pages of Mr. O'Meara that will the hour fixed upon was rather unseasongratify their partialities. For ourselves, able, and one at which Napoleon had never in the very outset of our career, we dis- received any person, intimation was given claimed all interference with political to the governor on his arrival, that Naposubjects. That we have party feelings, any visitors that morning. This appeared stawould be both absurd and untrue to to disconcert Sir Hudson Lowe, who, after
But tr-50 trappens, that we pacing up and down before the windows on soy all that is necessary, relative of the drawing-room for a few minutes, to the book of Mr. O'Meara, without demanded at what time on the following
day he could be introduced ; two o'clock discussing it on political grounds.- was fixed upon for the interview, at which With respect to Bonaparte, we must time he arrived, accompanied as before by confess that we are not true party men ; the admiral, and his staff. They were at for to this moment we cannot compre- first ushered into the dining room, behind hend how it is possible for several which was the saloon, where they were to
be received. A proposal was made by Sir illistrious-characters, with whom we George Cockburn to Sir Hudson Lowe, have the honour to accoled on the chief that the latter should be introduced by him, political tenets of their party, to recon- as being, in his opinion, the most official
cile admiration and esteem for the and proper manner of resigning to him the character of Bonaparte, with the libe- charge of the prisoner; for which purpose,
Sir George suggested, that they should en. Til principles they profess!
ter the room together. This was acceded We are bound-in-candor to state, to by Sir Hudson Lowe. At the door of that in these-volumes Bonaparte is the drawing-room stood Novarre, one of more than once introduced attempting the French valets, whose business it was to to justify the death of the Duke D'En- duced. After waiting a few minutes, the ghien. But we think the blot rests door was opened and the governor called on him in all its fouiness.
pronounced, Sir Hudson Luwe staried up, verament, descriptive of part of the opera. and stepped forward so lastil;, that he en- tions of 1814. I pointed them out to him, tered the room before Sir George Cockburn the last time I saw him, and asked him, was well apprized of it. The door was then Est-ce tous, Monsieur ?
He replied, closed, and when the admiral presented · Yes.' I told himn that they were pleines himself, the valet, not having heard his de faussetees et de sottises. lle slırugged name called, told him that he could not up his shoulders, appeared confused, and enter. Sir Iludson Lowe remained about replied, “ J'ai cru voir cela.' If,' continu. a quarter of an hour, with Napoleon, du- ed he, those letters were the only accounts ring which the conversation was chietly he sent, he betrayed his country.' carried on in Italian, and subsequently That Sir Hudson Lowe might well the officers of his stafl' were introduced.-
think some vigilance necessary, may The admiral did not again apply for admit
be inferred from the following note in tance. If this was not a studied insult, we
Mr. O'Meara's diary :are at a loss to imagine what can be
Informed by Cipriani, that in the be
ginning of 1815 he had been sent from considered as one. Soon after this Elba io Leghorn, to purchase 100,000 occurrence, he asked Mr. O'Meara if francs worth of furniture for Napoleon's he took any fees for attending sick peo- palace. During his stay he became very ple on the island, and seemed surprised intimate with a person named when an answer was returned in the
at Vienna, from whom a
private intimation was sent to him, that it negative :
was the determination of the congress of Corvisart,' said he, notwithstanding Vienna to send the emperor to St. Helena, his being my first physician, possessed of and even haul sent him a paper containing great wealth, and in the habit of receiving the substance of the agreement, a copy of many rich presents from me, constantly tonk which he gave to Cipriani, who departed a Napoleon for each visit he paid to the sick. instantly for Elva, to communicate the in
In your country, particularly, every man formation he had received to the emperor. has his trade : the member of parliament This, with the confination which lie aftertakes money for his vote, the ministers for wards received from M * * A and their places, the lawyers for their opinion.' M *** at Vienna, contributed to deterA coarser or more intolerable insult mine Napoleon to attempt the recovery of
his throne. than the following, as related by Bonaparte himself, p. 47. cannot be ima- At p. 93 we have another proof of gined :
his wish to affront the governor :• During the short interview that this He then said, “ that governor came here governor had with me in my bed-chamber,' yesterday to annoy me. He saw me walk. continued he, one of the first things which ing in the garden, and in consequence I he proposed was, to send you away, and to could not refuse to see him. He wanted to take his own surgeon in your place. This enter into some details with me, about rehe repeated twices, and so earnest was he ducing the expenses of the establishment. to gain his object, that although I gave him | He had the audacity to tell me that things a mosi decided refusal, when he was going were as he found them, and that he came out he turned about and again proposed it. up to justify himself: that he had come I never saw such a liorrid countenance.-- up two or three times before to do so, but He sat on a chair opposite to my sofa, and that I was in a bath. I replied, No, Sir, on the little table between us there was a I was not in a bath, but I ordered one on cup of coffee. His physiognomy made such purpose not to see you. In endeavouring an unfavourable impression on inc, that I to justify yourself, you make matters thought his looks had poisoned it, and I worse.' He said that I did not know him; ordered Marchand to throw it out of the that if I knew him, I should change my window ; I could not have swallowed it opinion, “Know you, Sir, I answered, for the world.'
How could I know you ? People make • It appears,' added be, afterwards, that themselves known by their actions; by this governor was with Blucher, and is the i commanding in battles. You have never zaniter of' some official letters to your go-..commended in battle. You have never
toimunded any but vagabond Corsican old system of' nobility into the army, 'Ins-the verters. Piedmontese and Neapolitan stead of allowing the sons of peasants and brigands. I know the name of every Eng- labvrers to be eligible to be inade generals, list general who has distinguished himself, as they were in my time; they want to but I never heard of you except as a scris contine it entirely io the old nobility, to r.ino [clerk) to Blucher, or as a comman- emigres like that old blocklicad Montchenu; dant of brigands. You have never com- you leave seen all tre old nobility of France manded, or been accustomed to men of before the revolution. Such were all the honor.' He said, that he had not sought race, and such they have returned, ignorant, for the employment. I told him that such vain, and arrogant as they left it. They cmployments were not asked for; that they were the cause of the revolution, and of so were given by governments to people who much blood-shed; and now, after twentyhad dishonored themselves. He said, that five years of exile and disgrace, they return he only did his duty, and that I ought not loaded with the same vices and crimes for to blame him, as he only acted according which they were expatriated, to produce to his orders. I replied, “So does the another revolution. I know the French. hangman. He acts according to Iris orders. Believe me, that after six or ten years, the But when he puts a rope round my neck whole race will be massacred, and thrown to finish me, is that a reason that I should into the Seine.' like that hangman, because he acts accord- • To give you an instance of the general ing to his orders ? Besides I do not be- fecling in France towards the Bourbons, lieve that any government could be so mean I will relate to you an anecdote. as to give such orders as you cause 'to be return from Italy, while my carriage was: executed.' I told him, that if he pleased, ascending the steep hill of Tarare, I got he need not send up any thing to eat.- out and walked up, without any attendants, That I would go over and dine at the ta- as was often my custom.' My wife, and ble of the brave officers of the 53d. ; that my suite, were at a little distance behind I was sure there was not one of them who me. I saw an old woman, lame, and hobwould not be happy to give a plate at the bling about with the help of a crutch, en-> table to an old soldier. That there was deavouriing to ascend the mountain. I not a soldier in the regiment who had not had a great coat on, and was not recognise more heart than he had. That in the ini- ed. I went up to her and said, Well, mis quitous bill of parliament, they had decreed bonne, where are you going with a haste that I was to be treated as a prisoner, but which so little belongs to your years ? that he treated me worse than a condemned What is the matter ? • ma foi,' replied the criminal, or a galley slave, as those were old dame, they tell me the emperor is permitted to receive newspapers and print. here, and I want to see him before I die.' ed books, which he deprived me of “I Bah, bah, said I, what do you want to see said, “ You have power over my body, but him for? What have you gained by him? none over my soul. That soul is as proud, He is a tyrant as well as the others. You fierce, and determined, at the present mo- have only changed one tyrant for another, ment, as when it commanded Europe.'- Louis for Napoleon. "mais, monsieur,! I told him that he was a sbirro Siciliano, that may be ; but, after all, he is the king and not an Englishman ; and desired him of the people, and the Bourbons were the not to let me see him again until he came kings of the nobles. We have chosen him, with orders to dispatch me, when he would and if we are to have a tyrant, let him be find all the doors thrown open to admit him. one chosen by ourselves." l'here,' said
I asked him, if the king of Prussia was he, ‘ you have the sentiments of the French a man of talent. "Who,' said he, the nation expressed by an old woman.” king of Prussia ?' He burst into a fit of
The account of Moreau's death, as laughter. ' He a man of talent! The greatest blockhead on earth. À Don coming from Bonaparte, is well worQuixote in appearance.
I know him thy of quotation. well. He cannot hold a conversation « In the battle before Dresden, I or» for five minutes. Not so his wife. She dered an attack to be made upon the allies was a very clever, fine woman, but very by both Aanks of my army. While the unfortunate. He then conversed for a manœuvres for this purpose were executing, considerable time about the Bourbons. the centre remained motionless. At the • They want;' said be,to introduce the distance of about from this to the outer gete, OR WEEKLY REGISTER: which they were built. This, together with themselves to skies of fire, and then sinko the violence of the wind, rendered every ing into the ocean of flame below. Oh, it effort to extinguish the fire ineffectual.- was the most grand, the most sublime, and I myself narrowly escaped with life. In the most terrific sight the world ever beorder to show an example, I ventured into held !! the midst of the flames, and had my hair and eye-brows singed, and my clothes burnt off my back ; but it was in vain, as they
Portry. had destroyed most of the pumps, of which there were above a thousand ; out of all
THE ORPHANS. these, I believe that we could only find one that was serviceable. Besides, the wretches My chaise the village inn did gain, that had been bired by Rostopchin ran Just as the setting sun's last ray about in every quarter, disseminating fire Tipp'd, with refulgent gold, the vane with their matches ; in which they were
of the old church across the way. but too much assisted by the wind. This Across the way I silent sped, terrible conflagration ruined every thing.- The time till supper to beguile; I was prepared for every thing but this.
In moralizing o'er the dead It was unforseen, for who would have That moulder'd round the ancient pile. thought that a nation would have set its There many a lumble green grave show'd. capital on fire ? the inhabitants themselves Where want, and pain, and toil did rest ; however, did all they could to extinguish And many a flattering stone I view'd it, and several of them perished in their O'er those who once had wealth possess'do endeavours. They also brought before us numbers of the incendiaries with their Threw o'er a grave where sorrow slept,
A faded beech its shadow brotin matches, as amidst such a population wene
On which, though scarce with grass o'er. ver could have discovered them ourselves. I caused about two hundred of these two ragged children sat and wept.
grown, wretches to be shot. Had it not been for this fatal fire, I had every thing my army which neither seem'd inclin'd to take ;
A piece of bread between them lay, wanted ; excellent winter quarters; stores of all kinds were in plenty; and the next And yet they look'd so much a prey year would have decided it. Alexander To want, it made my heart to ache. would have made peace, or I would have My little children, let me know been in Petersburgh.” I asked if he Why you in such distress appear; thought that he could entirely subdue Rus-“ And why you wasteful from you throw sia. “ No," replied Napoleon; “ but I
“ That bread, which many a one would would have caused Russia to make such a
cheer ?" peace as suited the interests of France.- The little boy, in accents sweet, I was five days too late in quitting Mos- Replied, while tears each other chas'd :
Several of the generals," continued “ Oh! Ma'am, we've not enough to eat ; he, “were burnt out of their beds. I my- “Oh! if we had, we would not waste. self remained in the Kremlin until sur- “ But sister Mary's naughty grown, rounded with flames. The fire advanced, « And will not eat, whate'er I say ; seized the Chinese and Indian warehouses, “ Though sure I am the bread's her own, and several stores of oil and spirits, which “ For she has tasted none to-day." burst forth in flames and overwhelmed every thing. I then retired to a country Till Henry eats, I'll eat no more :
Indeed", the wan, starv'd Mary said, house of the Emperor Alexander's, distant about a league from Moscow, and you may He's had none since the day before."
« For yesterday I got some bread; figure to yourself the intensity of the fire, when I tell you, that you could scarcely My heart did swell
, my bosom heave, bear your hands upon the walls or the win-İ I felt as though depriv'd of speech; dows on the side next to Moscow, in conse
Silent I sat upon the grave, quence of their heated state. It was the And press'd the clay-cold hand of each. spectacle of a sea and billows of fire, a sky With looks that told a tale of woe, and cloud of fame; mountains of red with looks that spoke a grateful heart, rolling flames ; like immense waves of the The Shivering boy then nearer drew, $22, alternately bursting forth and elevating And did his simple tale impart.
I observed a group of persons collected 10. edge of the island, which was about eighty gether on horseback. Concluding that tuises distant from the opposite bank, where they were endeavouring to observe my ma- the enemy was. They perceived us, and Tuzuvres, I resolved to disturb them, and knowing me by the little hat and grey coat, calied to a captain of artillery, who com- they pointed a three-pounder at us. 'The manded a field battery of eighteen or twenty ball passed between Oudinot and me, and pieces : “ Jettez une douzaine de boulets was very close to both of us.
la fois dans ce group la, peutetre il y en spurs to our horses, and speedily got out a quelques petits generaux." (Throw a of sight. Under the actual circumstances, dozen of bullets at once into that group; the attack was little better than murder, perhaps there are some little generals in it.) but if they had fired a dozen guns al once It was done instantly. One of the balls they must have killed us. struck Moreau, carried off both his legs, and went through his horse. Many more,
The following is Bonaparte's acI believe, who were near him, were killed count of the burning of Moscow. and wounded. A moment before, Alex- I was in the midst of a fine city, proander had been speaking to him. Moreau's visioned for a year, for in Russia they allegs were amputated not far from the spot. ways lay in provisions for several months One of his feet, with the boot upon it, before the frost sets in. Stores of all kinds which the surgeon had thrown upon the were in plenty. The houses of the inhaground, was brought by a peasant to the bitants were well provided, and many had king of Saxony, with information that some even left their servants to attend upon us. officer of great distinction had been struck In most of them there was a note left by by a cannon shot. The king, conceiving the proprietor, begging the French officers that the name of the person might perhaps who took possession to take care of their be discovered by the boot, sent it to me. furniture and other things; that they had It was examined at my head-quarters, but left every thing necessary for our wants, ál that could be ascertained was, that the and loped to return in a few days, when boot was neither of English nor of French the emperor Alexander had accommodated manufacture. The next day we were in- matters, at which time they would be hapformed that it was the leg of Moreau. It py to see us. Many ladies remained bea, is not a little extraordinary," continued bind. They knew that I had been in Napoleon, “ that in an action a short time Berlin and Vienna with my armies, and afterwards, I ordered the same artillery of that no injury had been done to the inhaficer, with the same guns, and under nearly bitants; and moreover, they expected a similar circumstances, to throw eighteen or speedy peace. We were in hopes of untwenty bullets at once into a concourse joying ourselves in winter quarters, with of officers collected together, by which every prospect of success in the spring.– General St. Priest, another Frenchman, a Two days after our arrival, a fire was distraitor and a man of talent, who had a com- covered, which at first was not supposed to mand in the Russian army, was killed, ' be alarming, but to have been caused by along with many others. Nothing," con- the soldiers kindling their fires too near the tinued the Emperor, “ is more destructive houses, which were chiefly of wood. I than a discharge of a dozen or more guns was very angry at this, and issued very at once amongst a group of persons. From strict orders on the subject to commandants one or two they may escape ; but from a of regiments and others. The next day it mumber discharged at a time, it is almost had advanced, but still not so as to give seimpossible. After Esling, when I had rious alarm, However, afraid that it might caused my army to go over to the isle of gain upon us, I went out on horseback, Lobau, there was for some weeks, by com- ' and gave every direction to extinguish it. mon and tacit consent on both sides be- The next morning a violent wind arose, tween the soldiers, not by any agreement and the fire spread with the greatest rapidity, between the generals, a cessation of firing, some hundred miscreants, hired for that which indeed had produced no benefit, and purpose, dispersed themselves in different only killed a few unfortunate sentinels. = parts of the town, and with matches which I rode out every day in different direc- they concealed under their cloaks, set fire tions. No person was molested on either to as many houses to windward as they side. One day, however, riding along with could, which was easily done, in conseOudinot, I stopped for a moment upon the quence of the combustible materials of