LETTER FROM AN EMPEROR
The following is an extract from a letter which Napoleon Bonaparte addressed to his Royal Highness, the Prince Regent.
Rochefort, 13th July:
“Exposed to the factions which divide my country, and to the enmity of the great powers of Europe, I have terminated my political career, and I come, like Themosticles, to throw myself upon the hospitality of the British people. I claim from your Royal Highness the protection of the laws, and throw myself upon the most powerful, the most constant, and the most generous of my enemies.”
It is understood that Napoleon still has some expectation of being allowed to settle in England, enjoying the same restricted freedom that was granted to his brother, Lucien. Rumours suggest, however, that the government has already decided upon a much more isolated place for his exile.