The Empress Josephine; An Historical Sketch of the Days of Napoleon Volume 4

The Empress Josephine; An Historical Sketch of the Days of Napoleon Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Josephine was writing this letter to her friend, General Bonaparte received one which produced upon him the deepest impression, though it consisted only of a few words. But these words expressed the innermost thought of his soul, and revealed to him perhaps for the first time its secret wishes. One evening as the general, returning home from a visit to the Viscountess Josephine, entered into his drawingroom, followed by some of his officers and adjutants, he 6b "Memoires sur l'Imperatrice Josephine," par Madame Ducrest p. 462. served on a large timepiece, which stood on the mantelpiece, a letter, the deep-red paper and black seal of which attracted his attention. "Whence this letter?" asked he, with animation, of the servant-man walking before him with a silver candlestick, -as he pointed to the red envelope. But the waiter declared that he had not seen the letter, and that he knew not where it came from. "Ask the other servants, or the porter, who brought this red letter with the black seal," ordered Bonaparte. The servant hurried from the room, but soon returned, with the news that no one knew any thing about the letter; no one had seen it, no one knew who had placed it there. "Well, then, let us see what it contains," said Bonaparte, and he was going to break the seal, when Junot suddenly seized his hand and tore the letter away from him. "Do not read it, general," implored Junot; "I beseech you do not open this letter. Who knows if some of your enemies have not sent you a letter a la Catharine de Medicis? Who knows if it is not poisoned--that the mere touch of it may not produce death?" Bonaparte smiled at this solicitude of his tender friend, yet he listened to his pressing alarms, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521005
  • 9781236521002