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Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (v. 8)


Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (v. 8)

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    Walter Scott
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER LXXIV. Retrospect of Events on the Frontiers.—Defection ofMurat, —Its consequences.—Augereau abandons Franche Comte. — Carnot intrusted with the command of Antwerp.—Attack on Bergen-op Zoom, by Sir Thomas Graham.— The Allies tahe, and evacuate Soissons.— Tlnlow and Win- zengerode unite with Blacher.— Wellington forces his uay through the Pays des Gaves.—Royalists in the West.—Discontent of the old Republicans.— Views of the different Members of the Alliance as to the Dynasties of Bourbon, and Napoleon.—Proceedings of the Duhes of Berri and Angouleme, and Monsieur.—Battle of Orthez. —Bourdeaux surrendered to Marshal Beresford.—Negotiations of Chatillon.— Treaty of Chetumont.—Napoleons contre.projet.— Congress at Chatillon brohen up. While Napoleon was struggling in the campaign of Paris, for his very existence as a monarch, events were taking place on the frontiers, by all of which his fate was more or less influenced, and in almost all of them unfavourably. Of these events we must give a brief detail, mentioning at the same time, the influence which they individually produced upon the results of the war. The defence of Italy had been committed to Prince Eugene Beauharnois, the viceroy of that kingdom. He was entirely worthy of the trust, but was deprived of any means that remained to him ofaccomplishing his task, hy the defection of Murat. We have often had occasion to describe Murat as distinguished on the field of battle—rather an undaunted and high-mettled soldier, than a wise commander. As a sovereign he had little claim to distinction. He was good tempered, bnt vain, limited in capacity, and totally uninformed. Napoleon had not concealed his contempt of his understanding, and, after the retreat from Russia, had passed an oblique, but most intelligible censure...  
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