The secret history of the court and cabinet of St. Cloud [by - Stewarton].

J. Murray, 1806 - 362 ページ


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197 ページ - In 1802, Pius VII. decorated him with the Roman purple, and he is now a pillar of the Roman faith, in a fair way of seizing the Roman tiara. If letters from Rome can be depended upon, Cardinal Fesch, in the name of the Emperor of the French, informed His Holiness the Pope that he must either retire to a convent or travel to France, either abdicate his own sovereignty, or inaugurate Napoleon the First a Sovereign of France.
207 ページ - This minister, Baron Edelsheim, is half an illuminate, half a philosopher, half a politician, and half a revolutionist. He was, long before he was admitted into the council chamber of his Prince, half an atheist, half an intriguer, and half a spy, in the pay of Frederic the Great of Prussia.
209 ページ - Due de Choiseul, the then Prime Minister, indecently enough threw Edelsheim into the Bastille, in order to search or seize his papers, which, however, were secured elsewhere. Edelsheim was released on the morrow, but obliged to depart the kingdom by the way of Turin, as related by Frederick II. in his " History of the Seven Years
198 ページ - Bonaparte answered her letter, enclosing a draft for six hundred livres — £25 — informing her that the same sum would be paid her every six months, as long as she continued with her children to reside at Corsica, but that it would cease the instant she left that island. Either thinking herself not sufficiently paid for her discretion, or enticed by some enemy of the...
146 ページ - Princess of H . on the same terms ; but this lady answered, " that she would think of his offers after he had put her husband in possession of the bishopric." It is not necessary to observe, that both the Countess and the Baroness are yet waiting to enjoy his liberal donations, and to be indemnified for their prostitution.
340 ページ - ... our First National Assembly. They soon, however, had reason to repent of their generosity. He joined the Orle'ans faction and became one of the most persevering, violent, and cruel persecutors of the privileged classes, particularly of the clergy, to whom he was indebted for everything.
98 ページ - This indifference, or, as he called it, mutinous spirit, was so much the more provoking as it was unexpected. He did not, as usual, ascribe it to the emissaries or gold of England, but to the secret adherents of Pichegru and Moreau amongst the brigades or divisions that had served under these unfortunate generals. He ordered, in consequence, his Minister Berthier to make out a list of all these corps. Having obtained this, he separated them by ordering some to Italy, others to Holland, and the rest...
357 ページ - ... Rabais paid frequent and secret visits to the hotel Baciocchi, and that Madame Baciocchi was the object of these visits. Thuriot, on this discovery, instantly denounced him to Bonaparte. Had Rabais ruined all the women of this capital, he would not only have been forgiven, but applauded by Napoleon, and his counsellors and courtiers ; but to dare to approach, or only to cast his eyes on one of our Imperial Highnesses, was a crime nothing could extenuate or avenge, but the most exemplary punishment....
184 ページ - ... these nations ; that misfortunes and proscription would not only inspire courage and obstinacy, but desperation. " No people," continued he, " are more attached to their customs and countries than islanders in general ; and though British subjects are the greatest travellers, and found everywhere, they all suppose their country the best, and always wish to return to it and finish their days amidst their native fogs and smoke. Neither the Saxons, nor the Danes, nor Norman conquerors transplanted...
232 ページ - ... prisoners, amounting to seven thousand five hundred ; but a sudden storm prevented the execution of this diabolical proposition, and dispersed the sacrilegious congregation. LETTER XX. PARIS, August, 1805. MY LORD : — Though all the Bonapartes were great favourites with Pius VII., Madame Letitia, their mother, had a visible preference. In her apartments he seemed most pleased to meet the family parties, as they were called, because to them, except the Bonapartes, none but a few select favourites...