Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, Volumen 5

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Página i - Memoirs of the History of France during the reign of Napoleon, dictated by the Emperor at Saint Helena to the Generals who shared his captivity ; and published from the Original Manuscripts corrected by himself.
Página 133 - Citizen, First Consul, I do not write to you to discuss the rights of men or citizens : every country governs itself as it pleases. Wherever I see at the head of a nation a man who knows how to rule and how to fight, my heart is attracted towards him. I write to acquaint...
Página 133 - I write to acquaint you of my dissatisfaction with England, who violates every article of the law of nations, and has no guide but her egotism and interest. I wish to unite with you to put an end to the unjust proceedings of that Government.
Página 272 - A grand dinner was afterwards served up, at which the guests sat on carpets, with their legs across. There were twenty tables, and five or six people at each table. That of the General-in-chief and the...
Página 370 - Ramleh, and Gaza, which are no part of his Pachaship ? Or by what right did he send his troops to El-Arisch ? He has provoked me to war ; I have brought it to him ; but it is not on you, inhabitants, that I intend to inflict its horrors. " Remain quiet in your homes ; let those who have quitted them through fear return to them ; I will grant to every one the property he possesses.
Página 371 - And since God gives me the victory, I will, like Him, be forgiving and merciful, not only towards the people, but towards the great also. " You have no real reason to be my enemy, for you were the foe of the Mamelukes. Your Pachaship is separated from Egypt by the provinces of Gaza and Ramleh, and by immense deserts. Become my friend once more, be the enemy of the Mamelukes and English, and I will do you as much good as I have done and can do you harm. Send me your answer by a man furnished with...
Página 239 - French soldiers' constantly regretted the luxuries of Italy. In vain were they assured that the country was the most fertile in the world, that it was even superior to Lombardy; how were they to be persuaded of this when they could get neither bread nor wine? We encamped on immense quantities of wheat, but there was neither mill nor oven in the country.
Página 239 - Alexandria had long been exhausted ; the soldiers were even reduced to bruise the wheat between two stones and to make cakes, which they baked under the ashes. Many parched the wheat in a pan, after which they boiled it. This was the best way to use the grain ; but, after all, it was not bread. The apprehensions of the soldiers increased daily, and rose to such a pitch that a great number of them said there was no great city of Cairo; and that the place bearing that name was, like Damanhour, a vast...
Página 358 - ... every thing. Mankind appear colder and more selfish than they really are. In this situation we feel that if nothing obliged us to live, it would be much best to die ; but when after this first thought we press our children to our hearts, tears and tender emotions revive the sentiments of our nature, and we live for our children.

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