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ROMA RESIDENT IN PARIS TO A NOBLEMÁN IN LONDON, WRITTEN
AND OCTOBE3, 1805;
FOURTH AMERICAN EDITIOIY
72.TED FOR AND PUBLISHED BY BRISBAN AND BRANNAN,
NO. 1, CITY-HOTEL, BROADWAY
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“ The Secret History of the Court and Cabinet of St. Cloud ; in " a series of Letters from a Resident in Paris to a Nobleman in Lon. "don, written during the months of August, September and Octo“ber, 1805. Fourth American Edition, with considerable and interest. “ing Additions."
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I.ETTER I. Buonaparte's political character contrasted with his military education
and life : governed by courtiers and favourites : General Duroc : his character: the causes of his advancement : his military exploits in Italy and Egypt, and political missions to Berlin, and St. Petersburgh : visits to Madame Bonæil, a female intriguer : his blunder in consequence : the Polish Count S......tz : his character : dupes Duroc : Duroc's marriage.
LETTER II. Joseph Buonaparte : his character as a negotiator : the puppet of Tal
leyrand : Talleyrand's intrigues, and motives for employing the brothers of Buonaparte : Lucien's embassy to Spain : Joseph's rapacity, connection with an arrhy contractor, and stuek-jobbing : secret articles of the treaty of Luneville : Buonaparte's offence at them: reproaches Talleyrand : departure of Lord Whitworth' in 1803 : Buonaparte's rage and speech to Talleyrand on the occasion, and violent conduct towards his mother, wife, &c.
LETTER III. Debates on the religious concordat : opposed by different factions :
Buonaparte's mother, how far instrumental in procuring the restoration of religious worshipCardinal Gonsalvi and Bishop Bernier : their intrigues and characters. Madame Buonaparte's astonishment on being ordered to attend mass, &c. : her hypocrisy: watched by spies : her mode of passing her time at chapel discovered : regulations in consequence : conversation at Viscount de Segur's, on the religious principles of the French : imprudent remark of a young officer the cause of his transportation to Cayenne.
LETTER IV. The assumption of the Imperial dignity, long determined on by Buona
parte : delayed by the rupture with England : his good fortune mis. taken for political foresight; the disgrace of Moreau, the murder of the Duke d'Enghien, Pichegru, and Georges, and the treachery towards Mr. Drake, not necessary steps to his elevation : Moreau not dangerous as a rival to Buonaparte : why not assassinated : honorable conduct of Pichegru, the day before his death : Murat the executioner of the Duke" d'Enghien.
LETTER V. The characters of the principal emigrants well known to the French
government: Mehee de la Touche : his perfidy and ingratitude : his mission and intrigues in England : refused the wages of his infamy by Talleyrand i Real, a forgery committed by him in 1788 : strange
mixture of society at his house : Madame de Soubray : her severe reproof of Mehee de la Touche.
LETTER VI. Unhappiness of Madame Napoleone on the day of her coronation : dis
cipline of the Court of St. Cloud entirely military : formation of the household entrusted to Madame Napoleone : consequent embarrassment : extricated by an expedient proposed by De Segur : Madame Napoleone confined : released at the intercession of her daughter.
LETTER VII. Religious discussion tolerated : why : remonstrance of Cardinal Ca.
prara on the subject : two authors transported to Cayenne : Pigault Le Brun owes his escape to Madame Murat: Cardinal Caprara's influence over Buonaparte : defeats, a cabal formed against him, and turns it to his advantage : employed by the Pope in his secret negotiations at Paris : teazes Buonaparte, and is confined by bim, but obtains his object : trick attempted to be played upon bim, ends un. fortunately for the contrivers.
LETTER VIII. Grave dress and puritanical demeanour of the company at Madame
Napoleone's last levee previous to meeting the Pope : Buonaparte surrounded by Cardinals and Priests : remark of General Kellerman, occasions his disgrace : conduct of the company on quitting the levee : Princess Borghese's idea respecting a parrot and an almoner, monkeys and chaplains.
LETTER IX. The reception of Buonaparte as Emperor by the army of England, not flattering : ascribed by him to the adherents of Pichegru and Moreau : his conduct in consequence : orders. a grenadier to be shot, and disbands a regiment. Effect produced on the military by the distribution of the ribands, &c. of the Legion of Honour :. the French ports declared to be in a state of blockade by the English : Buonaparte's rage and agitation : fires at some British cruizers : breaks six officers of artillery, and assaults another : quits the camp in disgust.
LETTER X. Count Cobentzel advises his sovereign to assume the title of Emperor
of Austria : his political employments and character : his passion for women : Talleyrand's opinion of him : invited by. Buonaparte to visit the camps of the army of England : Talleyrand's note, proscribing all British agents and ambassadors :: Buonaparte's arrival at Aixla-Chapelle : is met there by the foreign ambassadors : presented with the relics of Charlemagne, and punishes a German professori for proving them forgeries.
LETTER XI. Buonaparte finds his wife involved
in gambling debts, and surrounded by Jews and other creditors : Talleyrand's mode of settling their demands : Count de Segur completes Buonaparte's household establishment : his character, and public employments : his domestic misfortunes : character of the members of Buonaparte's civil list : methods adopted to augment it with Prussian and German nobles :
LETTER XII. Buonaparte's intention to seize on the empire of Germany: his secret
treaties with the petty German Princes at Mentz : the French revolution not looked on as dangerous in Germany : why : the Elector of Bavaria : his character and obligations to Louis XVI: governed by Montgelas, the idol of illuminati, and patron of atheists : the progress of illumination in Bavaria : Montgelas concerned in the plot against Mr. Drake : his character.
LETTER XIII. Attendance of German Princes and Princesses on the Empress Josephine
at Mentz, and rich presents to her : bribery and corruption openly practised there : disappointment of the German Princes : high price demanded by Talleyrand for indemnities : his intrigue with the Countess de L.... and the Baroness de S...Z : repulsed by the Princess of H....... Buonaparte's jealousy : mistakes the object of Count de L......ge's attention to the Empress Josephine : his proceed. ings in consequence : the avarice of the Empress.
LETTER XIV. Former intimacy of the writer with Madame Napoleone and her
daughter : their friendly behaviour on his first introduction to them since their elevation : subsequent change : the writer declines the offer of a public situation : arrested : interview with General Murat : sentenced to be transported to Cayenne on the report of Fouche, but protected by Princess Louis : cause of Fouche's enmity : his infamous character, and unbounded authority : the oublieites, his invention : his immense property : Buonaparte's reasons for employing him.
LETTER XV. The poverty and dependent situation of the foreign ambassadors at
Paris : invited by Talleyrand to a diplomatic dinner : his manæuvre to obtain their declarations respecting the pretended correspondence of Mr. Drake : servility of the Danish and American ambassadors : their characters : Baron de Dreyer's reasons for wishing to maintain his situation. Count de Haugwitz : his birth, political life, and character.
LETTER XVI. The writer accepts an invitation from Princess Louis Buonaparte to
dinner : the conquest of Great Britain the subject of conversa. tion : different opinions respecting the proper mode of treating the inhabitants when vanquished : imprudent observations of Marquis de F....... : exiled to Blois in consequence, and saved from severer punishment only by the interference of Princess Louis: her good-nature : character of Louis.
LETTER XVII. Violent debates in the sacred College, on the journey of the Pope to
France : the members bribed by Cardinal Fesch : birth of Cardinal Fesch : his life and adventures : his marriage, and desertion of his wife : her application to the Pope : his libertinism at Lyons : his wealth, dignities, and expectations.
LETTER XVIII. The Margrave of Baden made an Elector by the intrigues of Taller rand and Baron Edelsheim : character and political life of Edel