The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution

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Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a prolific Scottish poet and historical novelist who was one of the most popular romantic novelists of the nineteenth century. After studying law at Edinburgh University, Scott first started writing at the age of 25. Having made his name as a poet, he wrote the phenomenally successful novel Waverley in 1814 and was made a baronet in 1820. These volumes, first published in 1827, contain Scott's detailed biography of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). Including a detailed review of the...

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Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a prolific Scottish poet and historical novelist who was one of the most popular romantic novelists of the nineteenth century. After studying law at Edinburgh University, Scott first started writing at the age of 25. Having made his name as a poet, he wrote the phenomenally successful novel Waverley in 1814 and was made a baronet in 1820. These volumes, first published in 1827, contain Scott's detailed biography of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). Including a detailed review of the French Revolution, Scott focuses on Napoleon's legacy to France and his military genius, purposefully remaining non-partisan and discussing Napoleon's life and achievements without bias. The result of extensive research and correspondence with Napoleon's surviving colleagues, these volumes were extremely successful and remain valuable for the study of Napoleon's life and changing public reaction. Volume 9 covers 1815–1821, including Napoleon's exile on St. Helena.

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CHAPTER III. French Naval Squadron.Conflicting Statements of Buonaparte and Admiral Gantheaume in regard to it.Battle Of Aboukib on 1st August 1798.Number and Position of the Enemy, and of the EnglishParticulars of the Action. The French Admiral, Brueyes, killed, and his ship, L'- Orient, blown up.The Victory complete, two only of the French Fleet, arid two Frigates, escaping on the morning of the 3d.Effects of this disaster on the French Army. Means by which Napokon proposed to establish himself in Egypt.His Administration in many respects useful and praiseworthyin others, his Conduct impolitic and absurd. He desires to be regarded an Envoy of the Deity, but without success.His endeavours equally unsuccessful to propitiate the Porte.The Fort of El Arish falls into his hands.Massacre of JaffaAdmitted by Buonaparte himselfHis arguments in its defenceReplies to themGeneral Conclusions.Plague breaks out in the French Army. Napoleon's humanity and courage upon this occasion. Proceeds against Acre to attack Djezzar Pacha.Sir Sidney SmithHis characterCaptures a French Convoy, and throws himself into Acre.French arrive before Acre on nth March I799, and effect a breach on the 28A, but are driven back.Assaulted by an Army of Moslems of various Nations assembled without the Walls of Acre, whom they de- feat and disperse.Interesting particulars of the Siege. Personal misunderstanding and hostility betwixt Napoleon and Sir Sidney SmithExplained and accounted for.Buonaparte is finally compelled to raise the Siege and retreat. When Buonaparte and his army were safely landed in Egypt, policy seemed to demand that the navalsquadron, by which they had been escorted, should have been sent back toFrance as soon as possible. The French leader accordingly repeated...
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1. Buonaparte's arrival at Paris; 2. Disposition of the British fleet along the western coast of France, on order to prevent Buonaparte's escape; 3. Napoleon's real view of the measure of sending him to St. Helena; 4. Causes which justify the English government in the measure of Napoleon's banishment; 5. Buonaparte's alleged grievances considered; 6. Instructions to Sir Hudson Lowe for his treatment of Napoleon; 7. Napoleon's domestic habits; 8. Napoleon's illness; Appendices: 1. Additional notes on Napoleon's early career; 2. Descent of the French in South Wales, under General Tate; 3. Historical notes on the 18th Brumaire; 4. Instructions by Napoleon to Talleyrand, Prince of Benevetum; 5. Further particulars concerning the arrest, trial, and death of the Duke D'Enghien; 6. Reflections on the conduct of Napoleon towards the Prince Royal of Sweden; 7. Extract from manuscript observations on Napoleon's Russian campaign, by an English officer of rank; 8. Remarks on the campaign of 1815; 9. Buonaparte's protest; 10. States of thermometer, as taken at Deadwood, Island of St. Helena, during 12 calendar months, viz. from 1st Sept. 1820, to 31st Aug. 1821 inclusive; 11. Interview betwixt Napoleon Buonaparte and Henry Ellis, Esq. third commissioner of Lord Amherst's embassy to China; 12. Buonaparte's last will and testament; 13. Memorandum of the establishment at Longwood; 14. Interview between Buonaparte and widow of Theobald Wolfe Tone.

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