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BONAPARTE.

We have selected from various sources the following particulars respecting this extraordinary Man:-

EXTRACTS OF A LETTER FROM AN OFFICER OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP CYRUS, DATED BASQUE ROADS, JULY 16TH, 1815:-

"July 1st, 1815.- While within Isle Dieu, at anchor, assisting the Royalists, a boat came on board from his Majesty's ship Bellerophon with dispatches, announcing that Bonaparte had quitted Paris for some port to the Southward, intending to go to America; and requiring us to come down and assist her in the blockade of Rochefort.? We immediately proceeded to Quiberon Bay to Admiral Hotham with this intelligence.

"July 3d. - Arrived at Quiberon Bay at 3 p.m.; communicated with Admiral Hotham, and sailed again directly to join the Bellerophon off this port.

"July 6th.- At 6 a.m. chased and boarded a Prussian just come out of the Charente, notwithstanding the hostility between the two nations. Examined her minutely, but found no suspicious characters on board. Received information that Bonaparte was not at Rochefort, but daily expected.

"July 8th.- Resumed our station, after capturing a boat, containing three soldiers, belonging to the Isle Noirmourtier, who endeavoured to pass for fishermen:- gained no information.

"July 12th.- At 1 p.m. passed near to her and the Slaney. Bellerophon telegraphed us, "Keep close off Balaine Light-house: Bonaparte is there endeavouring to escape.- Examine every description of vessels closely for him. I have two of his Generals, who have asked for the frigates to pass."

"At 3 p.m. saw a brig coming out of the Breton passage; chased her for twelve hours, and found her an American without passengers, who told us that he had no doubt but that Bonaparte was at Rochefort, but it was not publicly known at the place he had left (St. Martin's, Isle Rhé)

"July 13th.- At half-past 1 p.m. saw the Bellerophon and Slaney some distance to leeward, with flags of truce at their mast-heads, and a chasse marée with a similar flag so that we had little doubt of Napoleon having surrendered, or being at least negociating for that purpose.

"July 14.- the Superb, Admiral Hotham, directed us to anchor within the Breton Passage, the more effectually to blockade it, and then passed on to Basque Roads to join the Bellerophon.

"July 15.- The Slaney passed us, and telegraphed, "For England, and with important dispatches."

"July 16.- We were recalled to this place, and found the DISTURBER OF THE WORLD, whom we had been so anxiously looking for, safe on board the Bellerophon. He was just returning to the latter ship from breakfasting on board the Superb with the Admiral, who ordered the yards to be manned as a mark of respect.

"We passed close to the Bellerophon several times: Captain Maitland told us, "I have got Bonaparte on board."

"Napoleon stood exposed at full length on the gangway, about twenty yards distant, to survey us, and we in return examined him, as you may be assured, with eager and minute attention. He was dressed in a green uniform coat with two epaulets and a red collar - a broad red sash over his shoulder, a large star on the left breast, white waistcoat, pantaloons, boots, and a large cocked hat with the tri-coloured cockade. I knew the figure and face instantly; it was impossible for anyone, who had ever examined the lineaments with attention to mistake them. Bertrand, Savary, L'Allemand, and others were with him.

"He first sent out to Captain Maitland for permission to proceed to America in the frigates, which was refused; but an offer was made of referring him, if he came out, to the Admiral. He then asked for a brig, and afterwards for a schooner - requests equally inadmissible. Afterwards he formed the plan for going in two chasse marées out of the Breton Passage in the night, and being informed that this ship would intercept him, he replied, "He would try, for we would not suspect such small vessels." This determination was altered, probably, by reflecting, that if taken prisoner he would have no claim on our generosity, while by throwing himself into our power, there might at least be some hope in setting up such a claim. He then surrendered after threatening to force his passage.

"On board the Bellerophon he seemed to think himself Emperor, taking possession of Captain M.'s cabin, and afterwards inviting him to dinner. When he went on board the Superb this morning, Bertrand first ascended the side, and was introduced to the Admiral; Napoleon followed.- "The Emperor," said Captain M. Napoleon bowed to the Admiral, without further ceremony walked into his cabin, and sent his compliments that he would be glad to speak with him!

"Nothing escapes his notice; his eyes are in every place, and on every object, from the greatest to the most minute. He immediately asked an explanation of the ropes, blocks, masts, and yards, and all the machinery of the ship. He sent for the Boatswain, to question him; that officer always fitting out the French ships. He requested the Marines to pass in review before him, examining the arms, evolutions, dress, &c. &c. and expressed himself highly pleased. He enquired into the situation of the seamen, their pay, prize-money, clothes, food, tobacco, &c. and when told of their being supplied by a Purser or Commissary, asked if he was not a rogue.

"In conversing with the Admiral, he said, 'I have given myself up to the English, but I would not have done so to any other of the Allied Powers. In surrendering to any of them I should be subject to the caprice and will of an individual: in submitting to the English, I place myself at the mercy of a nation.'- Adieu"

"ON BOARD THE BELLEROPHON.

"By some passengers who came in the Bellerophon it appears, that Bonaparte was quite at ease on board that ship; took possession of the Captain's cabin, sans ceremonie, invited the officers of the ship to his table, talked with great freedom on the present state of things, said it was impossible for the Bourbons to govern France, and that Napoleon II. would very soon be recalled to the throne, that Fouche was an ass, and totally unfit for the office assigned to him. He acknowledged that England alone had ruined all his grand plans, and that but for her he had now been Emperor of the East as well as of the West. He walked on the poop and quarter-deck, conversed with the seamen, and affected great gaiety and unconcern. In short, such is the talent of this "Child and Champion of Jacobinism," that before they arrived in Torbay he was considered by all on board as a devilish good fellow."


[FROM FLINDELL'S WESTERN LUMINARY.]

"Exeter, Monday night, July 24.

"The Bellerophon, Captain Maitland, with Bonaparte on board, has been lying off Torbay the whole of to-day. This morning an Officer from the ship passed through Exeter, for London; it is presumed, for instructions, as the ship is evidently waiting ? lying off and on, though the wind is fair for her to go up Channel.

"Several Gentlemen from Exeter have been down to Torquay to-day, (23 miles from Exeter), and left it this evening. They bring many particulars. Multitudes are flocking to the coast to see the ship; and many Gentlemen have gone off and sailed round her, but no one, that we hear of, has been admitted on board, though some have been alongside.

"Bonaparte, we are told, walks the deck freely, and sometimes talks to the sailors. The Officers treat him with great politeness.

"There are six General Officers, we are told, in his suite.

"From the manner in which Captain Maitland appears to be waiting for instructions, we fear the Bellerophon will be off as soon as he receives them, without landing her prisoner here, to gratify the anxious curiosity of the neighbourhood."


"Persons from London and from other parts, are flocking down to Plymouth, though they know that Bonaparte is not expected to land, and that they cannot go on board the Bellerophon.? But they can row in boats round the vessel, and can occasionally catch a glimpse of him. He is the greater part of the day in the stern gallery, either walking backwards and forwards with his hands behind him, as he is represented in some of the pictures in the print shops, or surveying the shipping and the shore through a glass. In general he keeps alone, Bertrand and Lallemand remaining at some distance behind him.? Occasionally he beckons to one of them to point out something to him, or to make some observation. He then walks on alone. Captain Maitland is more frequently with him than any of his suite, and he pays him great attention. He is in good health. As usual he passes but a short time at his meals, and drinks but little wine. He is said to drink regularly to the health of the Prince Regent. Coffee is regularly served up to him on the deck, and when he first came near the land about Torbay, he is reported to have exclaimed, "Enfin, voila ce beau pays!" (At length, here is this fine country!) adding that he had never seen it except from Calais and Boulogne, when the only points that could be seen were the white and bold rocks about Dover. He is plainly dressed, in general in a green coat, without any decorations, and a cocked hat.


A letter from an officer on board the Bellerophon gives the following description of his person:-

"I observed his person particularly, and can describe him thus: He is about 5 feet 7 inches in height, very strongly made, and well proportioned; very broad and deep chest; legs and thighs proportioned with great symmetry and strength, a small, round, and handsome foot. His countenance is sallow, and as it were deeply tinged by hot climates; but the most commanding air I ever saw. His eyes grey, and the most piercing that you can imagine. His glance, you fancy, searches into your inmost thoughts. His hair dark brown, and no appearance of grey. His features are handsome now, and when younger he must have been a very handsome man. He is rather fat, and his belly protuberant, but he appears active notwithstanding. His step and demeanour altogether commanding. He looks about 45 or 46 years of age. He is extremely curious, and never passes any thing remarkable in the ship without immediately demanding its use, and inquiring minutely into the manner thereof. He also stops and asks the officers divers questions relative to the time they have been in the service, what actions, &c.; and he caused all of us to be introduced to him the first day he came on board. He has also asked several questions about the marines, particularly those who appeared to have been some time in the service, and about the warrant officers, midshipmen, seamen, &c. He was but a very short time on board when he asked that the boatswain might be sent for, in order that he might look at him, and was very inquisitive as to the nature of his duty. He dresses in green uniform, with red facings, and edged with red, two plain gold epaulettes, the lappels of the coat cut round and turned back, white waistcoat and breeches, and military boots and spurs, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour on his left breast.? He professes his intention (if he is allowed to reside in England) to adopt the English customs and manners, and declares that he will never meddle with politics more. The army which left Paris, and united with others on the Loire, wanted him to join them and resume his title, which he refused to do. He declares that not another "goutte de sang" shall be shed on his account. Fortunate, indeed, it would have been if he really had been of this opinion some years back.

"His followers still treat him with the greatest respect, not one of them, not even the Duke of Rovigo himself, ever speaking to him without being uncovered the whole time. He does not appear out until about half past ten, though he rises about seven. He breakfasts in the French fashion at eleven, and dines at six. He spends most of the day alone in the after-cabin, and reads a great deal. He retires to bed about eight. He has not latterly been much on the quarter-deck. His suite is composed of fifty persons.

"General Bertrand appears to be a fine and faithful soldier. He has never abandoned Napoleon in his adversity or prosperity. He was at Elba with him, and, I believe, intends accompanying him (if he is permitted) whatever his destination may be. It was this officer who constructed the bridge over the Danube, from Isle de Lobau, which saved the French army after the battle of Asperne. Madame Bertrand, I believe, was born in Martinique, of Irish parents, and her maiden name was Dillon. She is extremely pleasant and affable, and greatly attached to Napoleon's interests. The Duc de Rovigo is a fine looking man, about 50, with a countenance expressive of superior talents. De Lascasses is a little fellow, about 5 feet 1 inch, very clever. He is the author of the Historical Atlas, which I suppose you have seen. L'Allemand is considered an excellent officer, and commanded the light infantry of the Imperial Guard in the battle of Waterloo."




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