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veyed the wish, but really seemed, to and about three o'clock came upon annihilate him. For he immediately deck, viewing the crowd through his resigned his office, and quitted the glass. He seemed struck with the cabin.
beauty of the women, repeatedly cry. • At Bonaparte's request our young ing out, “ What charming girls! What gentlemen performed a play* in the beautiful wonnen!" and bowing to them. evening; he did not remain longer than • The conjectures, contained in the the third act. He professed himself several newspapers wbich now reached well pleased with the performance ; us, of the probability of his being sent admired our ladies, at whom the whole to St. Helena, cast a sudden gloom party laughed heartily. His usual hour over the whole party. Madame Berof retiring to bed being nine o'clock, trand appeared greatly hurt, and aphe did not stay much beyond that pealed to me against the opinions delitime.
vered, and the abusive expressions • Wednesday, July 19.
vented in them. I answered that, the • Napoleon did not appear until four sending of Napoleon to St. Helena, in the afternoon; and remained but a could as yet be only a surmise of the short time on deck, not being able to editors; and that as to any abuse the walk on account of the motion of the papers might contain, I was afraid they ship. He looked melancholy, said must prepare themselves to support a very little-inquired whether the wind considerable portion of it. She said was yet fair, and being told it was, that the paragraphs in question had merely remarked, “mais peut etre il been read to Bonaparte, who solemnly. changera avec le coucher du soleil.”+ declared he never would
there. This proved to be the case before nine
Tuesday, July 25. o'clock. Dinner was served up at six, • Soon after daylight, the Belleros at which he was silent and dejected, phon was surrounded by boats, cramnor did he appear, according to his med with visiters of every description. usual custom, on deck afterwards. Napoleon occasionally bowed to them • Monday, July 24.
from the stern windows. * Early this morning we were close 'In the afternoon, Bonaparte showed in with the land, rimning into Torbay. himself to the swarming spectators, freBetween five and six a. m. Bonaparte quently bowing ; this was returned by made his appearance on deck, and those in the nearest boats. He appear. continued there until we anchored. He ed pleased with their eagerness to see appeared delighted with the prospuct bim, repeating, as did his officers-and his approach to England. Look- " How very curious these English are!" ing through his glass, he frequently ex • Wednesday, July 26. claimed in French,“ What a beautiful • At three a. M. we received orders country!" As we rounded the Berry to proceed to Plymouth. On anchoring Head, he took notice that the barracks in Plymouth Sound, two frigates, the were deserted.
At eight a. M. we an- Eurotas, and Liffey, were immediately chored and were immediately sur stationed one on each side of us, and rounded with boats. Towards noon several guard boatscommenced rowing several thousand people were collected round the ship. These proceedings did in hopes of getting a glimpse of our not loog escape the notice of Bonacuriosity. He occasionally showed parte, who requested to know the reahimself through the stern windows; son of such precaution. After dinner
he made his appearance, standing for • The Poor Gentleman.
some time on the gangway. Sereral + But it will perhaps change about sun-set. boats had collected round us, to whom
he bowed, reconnoitering them, as usu- ways made a point of asking first for it. al, through his glass. He looked pale
Saturday, July 29. and dejected, and said but little." As • For the first time he dined off roast it grew dark, the guard boats, being beef, and paid a just tribute to John upable to prevent the boats which still Bull's good taste, by eating heartily of lingered round the ship from breaking it. He was, indeed, so much pleased through the limits assigned them, made with this new acquaintance, that it frequent discharges of musketry. The found almost a daily welcome at his sound of these greatly discomposed table during the remainder of his stay him; and he sent Bertrand to captain on board. Maitland, requesting that he would, if • As Napoleon seldom took any thing possible, prevent a repetition.
after dinner, and sat alone in his cabin, Thursday, July 27. all his officers, with the two ladies geNapoleon remained on deck this day nerally gave us their company in an longer than usual. He came out after evening. breakfast, and continued upwards of
Sunday, July 30. an hour.
• At the usual time, about half past I have before mentioned that Bo- five P. M. (an immense concourse of naparte generally took coffee between people being collected round the ship) six and seven in the morning; his other Napoleon made his appearance, and meals were two. Breakfast at eleven after walking a short time, repaired to
for which there was usually provided the gangway. For the first time since two hot joints, besides inade dishes, &c. he had been on board, he was not Dinner at six-his appetite was gene- shaved. This surprised us, as we had rally good; in eating he sometimes been accustomed to remark his great makes use of his left hand in lieu of a and peculiar personal neatness. We fork. During the day he takes but could only ascribe the change to his little exercise, and usually sleeps be- anxiety respecting his fate. He again tween breakfast and dinner.
expressed his admiration at the great • Not less than ten thousand people beauty of the women, viewing them were collected this afternoon round the through his glass, and occasionally Bellerophon. Napoleon showed him- taking off his hat. Upon his quitting self to them before and after dinner; the gangway (after remaining there frequently bowing to general Browne, about twenty minutes) many of the the governor, and those in the nearest spectators cheered. Being close to boats. It was evidently his endeavour him, I immediately fixed my eyes to impress (if possible) the spectators upon him, and marked the workings of with an opinion of his affability and his countenance. I plainly perceived condescension.
that he was mortified and displeased, • Friday, July 28.
and not a little agitated ; attributing the • Bonaparte was always very anxious shout, and I believe justly, to the exulfor the arrival of the newspapers, which tation which they felt in having him in he eagerly read with the assistance of our possession. After he had retired, Bertrand and Las Casses. The news, we were told he was taken ill. During in those received to-day, was by no the night he sent out to request that no means agreeable to him; and though noise might be made over his head. we may reasonably suppose, he did not
Monday, July 31. believe the many ridiculous surmises Napoleon continued upwell the they contained, yet he generally ap- whole night. At ten the next morning, peared affected and agitated after the Lord Keith and Sir H. Bunbury came perusal. The Courier, perhaps, was on board, and were immediately shown the most violent against him, yet he al- to his cabin. They brought him official
information of the resolution of the this evening considerably better, and in British government to send him to St. much higher spirits than we had seen Helena, and that it was its order that him for several days. I pretend not to he should in future be merely treated account for them. He put several as a general. Against this resolution, questions to the ship's officers, and inI am told he vehemently protested; quired of the surgeon after Madame declaring that he preferred being deli. Bertrand's health, and with a smile, vered up to the Bourbons to being asked if he imagined that she really inforced to St. Helena; and that such tended to drown herself. He remainbeing the case, he never would volun-' ed on deck much longer than usual. tarily quit the ship. He had placed in conversation he speaks extremely himself under the protection of the rapid, and seems to expect an immediBritish nation-it was from it he had ate answer. It had been said that he asked an asylum, and he trusted it read English with ease, though he could would not be refused him.
not speak it. I suspect, however, that "A few minutes before dinner he his knowledge of it is very imperfect; came upon deck, with no other appa- because, pointing to some of the most rent design than to gratify the surround- common words in the newspapers, he ing spectators. He looked extremely frequently inquired of captain Maitland ill and dejected. I should scarcely their meaning. have imagined that so great a change • Wednesday, August 2. could have taken place in so short a • Several letters were addressed to period. He was still unshaven, and government by Savary and L'Allemand, his countenance, naturally sallow, had who were now generally in conversa
assumed a deathlike paleness. tion with each other; and seemed We were all in uncertainty as to the greatly to disrelish the idea of being event. He, for the first time, this even- delivered up to Louis. Napoleon still ing remained uncovered during the stoutly avowed bis resolution of not greater part of the time he remained being taken from the ship ; and his geon deck. In about ten minutes he re- nerals* declared they would themtired to the dinner table, but scarcely selves be bis executioners, rather than touched any thing. Bertrand seemed he should be forced to St. Helena. sincerely affected at the state of his
• Thursday, August 3. master.
• The spectators were again disapTuesday, August 1.
pointed of a sight. Bonaparte did not • Bonaparte passed a sleepless night, quit his cabin except to his meals. As and continued unwell.
we were now in hourly expectation of • I understand he was extremely in the arrival of the Northumberland, (the dignant when informed yesterday by ship appointed to carry him to St. HeleSir H. Bunbury of the order he had na,) he had, I understand, been frequentbrought from government for his being ly requested to name those officers of his treated merely as a general officer," By suite whom he might wish to accom. your king," said he,“ | have been ac- pany him. He obstinately refused to knowledged as First Consul of France, and by all the powers of Europe, as Em
* It has been said, but I know not with peror; why then am 1 to be treated as a what truth, that one of his officers made a simere general ?"
milar declaration to Lord Keitb; to whom • Contrary to our expectation he his lordship with perfect sang froid replied, again exhibited himself at his usual time "Sir, you are at liberty to act as you please, but to the numerous spectators, and fre- you will allow me to inform you that, if your
ihreat is carried into exccution, you will unquently bowed to them. He appeared doubtedly be hanged!"
do so, protestiog his determination cabin. At breakfast the information never to quit this ship.
was communicated (which, after the • Friday, August 4. reports that had for some days been • In consequence of orders from the in circulation, not a little surprised us) Admiralty, we sailed soon after twelve, viz. that he had at length consented to in company with the Tonnant, Admiral name his companions, and intended Lord Keith, and the Eurotas frigate ; quietly to leave the ship. This indeed and laid-to in the offing for the North- is not the finale we expected. For alumberland. All Napoleon's hopes though I am not prepared to say that sank with this movement. He now he ever personally declared his intenbecame very sullen; would not quit tion of destroying himself, yet it has his cabin even for meals—but eat alone, been an intention which bis adherents and rarely saw any person throughout have taken such pains to insinuate, that the day. He still refused to name his the persuasion of his doing so, in prefuture companions, declaring his reso- ference to being forced from the Bellution never to be removed. We were lerophon, had taken full possession of all now in full expectation of some our imaginations. tragical event. The general conjecture
Monday, August 7. was that he would end himself by poi • Madame Bertrand was very dejectson. It was believed that he had in his ed, and in tears. A short time prepossession a large quantity of lauda- vious to quitting the ship, she made a
Madame Bertrand even hinted last attempt to dissuade her husband that ere morning we should find him a from accompanying Bonaparte-in a corpse.
loud and angry voice he exclaimed, Saturday, August 5. “Jamais, Madame Bertrand, jamais!""* Napoleon still remained shut up About 10 A. M. the children and nine within his cabin. Bertrand occasion- servants were sent to the Northumberally waited upon him, imploring him to land- and about eleven the admiral's name his future companions. He con- barge being in waiting, Bonaparte was stantly refused doing so, declaring that informed that every thing was ready his resolution was formed, and he for his removal. We had all assemEbould abide by it. Madame Bertrand bled on deck to take our last view of said to me," ] promise you, you will him. After a long conversation with never get the Emperor to St. Helena ? Lord Keith, and having taken leave of he is a man, and what he says he will those officers who were to remain beperform.” I inquired, however, of bis hind, he made his appearance at twenty valet how he did this evening? very minutes before twelve. It was four low spirited at the thought of being sent days since we had last seen him. He away, but he has made a good dinner," was not shaved, and appeared conwas the answer.
fused. Bowing as he came out, he • Madame Bertrand afterwards de. advanced, with a sort of forced smile clared to one of the ship's officers, that on his countenance, towards the offi" she really believed the Emperor had cers of the Bellerophon, attended by now swallowed poison.” The curtain captain Maitland; and addressed them therefore must soon drop; but I ima- in French nearly to the following purgine it will be prudent to leave a door port. “ Gentlemen, I have requested
escape; let us then qualify the captain Maitland to return you my assertion with a “perhaps.”
thanks, and to assure you how much I Sunday, August 6. feel indebted for the attentions I have Early this morning I frequently observed Bertrand enter Napoleon's * Never, Madame Bertrand, never!
received since on board the Bellerophon.” spirits ; and with great good humour In a hurried tone he added something lost five napoleons to Sir G. Cockburn, which I could not exactly lay hold of, at vingt un, and afterwards placed (his rapidity of delivery makes it al. three others under the candlestick for ways difficult to understand him,) but the servants.' it appeared expressive of the hope he We shall leave the reader to form had entertained at first coming on his own conclusions from the precedboard, of being permitted quietly to re- ing Journal. We may; however, be side in England during the remainder indulged in remarking, that from Boof his existence. Having said this, he naparte's deportment, it is evident that bowed to all around; and lastly, turn- he had never regarded the tenure of ing to the ship's crew, pulled off his hat his power as indefeasible, and that to them also. He instantly went into much of his presence of mind was unthe boat ; and, accompanied by counts doubtedly derived from habitual reBertrand and Montholon-Semonville, fection on the reverses to which an general Gourgaud, the count Las adventurer is exposed. But presence Casses, and the two ladies, was imme- of mind is not the only trait he discodiately conveyed to the Northumber- vered in his new and embarrassed siland. Savary and L'Allemand, were tuation. That profound knowledge of not allowed to accompany him, and human nature wbich ever indicates sustill remain with us. The former periority, and which opened the path wept bitterly, appeared in a violent to his exaltation, though baffled by the rage, and asserted that Napoleon would combination of circumstances that connot live six months in St. Helena. tributed to his overthrow, did not de
• Before quitting the ship, Bonaparte sert him in this crisis, nor disdain to distributed, I am told, a considerable adapt itself to the occasion. The art sum of money among the subordinate of the demagogue is discernible in the followers whom he left behind. A re- adroitness with which he endeavours maining sum of four thousand Napo- to parry disgrace, and to avert the conleons,* was taken possession of by sequences of calamity. To accomplish order of government. He has been the one, he affects to ascribe bis abdipermitted to take with him all his cation of the crown to generous for. plate, &c.
bearance, and makes a parade of his • At six this evening we got under magnanimityếto effect the other, he weigh on our return to Plymouth, and attributes to choice, what necessity in about an hour afterwards perceived alone could have compelled, his seekthe Northumberland weigh also. In ing an asylum in the protection of the the morning (August 8,) she was seen nation which he is abject enough to in the ofling, lying-to for the vessels style “the most constant and most gewhich were to accompany her. On nerous of his enemies." He can even the following morning (9th) the whole stoop, when he has an object to attain, having joined, they made sail down to flatter the humblest of his shipmates, channel, and were soon out of sight. and does not contemn the idea of creWe this day received a letter from our ating an impression on the meanest of late surgeon, Mr. O'Meara, he men- the crew. tioned that, on the evening of the day But, however it may add to our he quitted us, Bonaparte was in high complacency to detect in Bonaparte
littlenesses analagous to our own, the * These have been delivered to Major Ge- singularity of their combination with neral Sir Hudson Lowe, the new governor such unequalled greatness, increases of St. Helena, to be appropriated to the use of Bonaparte, according to his discretion. our admiration of this incomprehensi