This journal, which consists of twelve hundred printed pages, was not published until 1898, and is too prolix for complete translation. We want to know all Gourgaud can tell us about Napoleon; we do not care to know what he notes down concerning his jealousies, his sulks, his ennui, his perpetual pity for himself. I have therefore extracted from the two volumes of the Journal (without the help of any satisfactory index), almost all that Napo leon said to Gourgaud in familiar chats, about his past life, and his speculations as to the future. I have omit ted most Of Napoleon's vituperations of Sir Hudson Lowe, and his complaints against the English government, also anecdotes of his 607mm fortunes, and his constantly recur ring disputations with Gourgaud concerning that follower's mother's pension - a pension Napoleon was quite ready to give, and Gourgaud eager to receive, though he could not be prevailed upon to take it, on some point of honor.
It is hoped that this record of what Napoleon said, taken down by one whose truthfulness Napoleon himself vouched for, may be found interesting by many who might have been wearied by reading the larger part of this record, although it was kept by a man who loved his master devotedly, and who had been attached to his personal service since 1812.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer
Published Date - August 28 2019
ISBN - 9780266298809
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Page Count - 333
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