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Recollections of the Private Life of Napoleon

(Mémoires de Constant)

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Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 299,571 / 854 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.4
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 927
Added to site: 2006.09.12 14515
Genre: Biography

Translated by Walter Clark

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is service, and who were not detained in France by an inexorable necessity, was still not without its advantages; and it was not, therefore, my personal interests which caused me to leave him. I shall explain hereafter my reasons for quitting his service.

I shall also give the truth as to the alleged abuse of confidence, of which, according to others, I was guilty in respect to the Emperor. A simple statement of the mistake which gave rise to this falsehood, I trust, will clear me of every suspicion of indelicacy; but if it is necessary to add other proofs, I could obtain them from those who lived nearest to the Emperor, and who were in a condition to both know and understand what passed between us; and lastly, I invoke fifty years of a blameless life, and I can say: "When I was in a situation to render great services, I did so; but I never sold them. I could have derived advantages from the petitions that I made for people, who, in consequence of my solicitations, have acquired immense fortunes; but I



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