FOUND AFTER THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO.
The genuineness of this curious collection of letters, rests at present on the evidence of a Belgic Officer of the name of Van Uchelin. It, however, contains nothing which can excite suspicion of its want of authenticity. We have only room for the following extracts:-
Fleury, cabinet secretary of Bonaparte, writes from Bourg libre, under the date of the 6th of June, that the secret agent who was to have arrived in Switzerland, was not at the place of his destination, but had set off for Vienna.
Joseph Bonaparte, under date of the 13th of June, sent the following letter to his brother Napoleon, in relation to another secret agent:-
SIRE,- The Swiss, Olivier, of the Pays de Vaud, whom your Majesty lately saw, has returned from his native country. He brings with him details, which can be communicated to your Majesty alone. I therefore send him to you. The devotedness of this man is unbounded. Sire, your Majesty's most devoted and faithful subject and brother, JOSEPH.
Bonaparte's travelling retinue consisted of the Grand Marshal, and of Generals Drouet, Corbineau, Flahaut, and Dejean; of Colonels Bussy, Lahedoyere and Letort, as Adjutants; of M. de Turenne, chamberlain; M. de Guerchy, marshal de logis; General Foulart, chief equerry; Barons Mesgriny and Canisp, equerries, and two pages; of the orderly officers Colonels Spurgant, St. Yon, Dumoulin; Lariboissere, St. Jacques, Planat, Lannoi, Resigny, Regnault, Alfred, Montesquieu, Autru, Amillet, and Chiappe; there were besides, the cabinet secretaries, Fain, Authery, and Fleury, and three valets.
Note in Bonaparte's handwriting:-
"June 12th, set off from Paris and slept at Laon, the 13th slept at Avesnes, the 14th at B (Beaumont.)"
Bonaparte's travelling library was found in six trunks, and amounted to about 800 volumes. Among them were, Homer, Ossian, Voltaire's works, Gil Blas, Don Quixotte, Voltaire's Charles XII. &c. all beautiful editions.
Bonaparte wrote on the 11th June the following note to Count Lavalette, Director-General of the Posts:
"Monsieur Count Lavalette,- As I said in my speech of this day, that I should depart this night, I wish you would look to it, that no post-horses be taken from the road by which I travel; that particular attention be paid to the persons to whom horses are given on the neighbouring roads, and that no courier or estafette be sent off."
On the 11th of June Bonaparte wrote seven notes to the War Minister, Marshal Davoust; amongst which was the following:-
"Pray let Marshal Massena come: should he wish to go to Metz, he shall be appointed Governor there, and receive the supreme command of the 3d and 4th Military Divisions. Look to it that (here the name is wanting) be with the army of the North."
In another letter he says: "Let Ney come; if he wishes to be present at the first battle, he must be at Avesnes by the 18th; where my head-quarters will be."
"I perceive," says he, in a third letter to the Minister at War, "that the Federates are 14,000 strong - 3000 muskets must have been given to them; one-third of these people are, however, still unarmed: I think this is sufficient, as they may continue to be armed with the muskets which are daily finished, and as we have still 300,000 men to arm, who should be levied. Pray give me the assurance that from this date to the 15th, all the National Guards in Alsace, Lorraine, and Dauphiny shall be armed."
A fourth letter to Eckmuhl is as follows:- "One hundred and fifty-eight naval cannon have been brought to Paris. Look to it that they be placed in battery by the 20th inst.; 80 others will be brought before that date. It is important that these 240 pieces should be mounted by the 20th , that I may be without anxiety about the city of Paris."
"I wish," says he, in another letter to the War Minister, "to have a statement of the muskets, and the places where they are. Send 6000 to Soissons, to be at my disposal, 3000 to Guise, and 3000 to Avesnes. But they must be sent quickly, that, when we are victorious, I may arm with them the peasants in Belgium, Liege, &c. Give me also a list of the Belgian Officers who are here. Send also a Belgian Staff Officer for the suite of the General Staff. You know how necessary these people may become."
Another letter to the War Minister, of the 11th of June, is as follows:- "Acquaint Marshal Suchet by estafette and by telegraph, that hostilities will commence on the 14th, and that on that day he may make himself master of Montmeillan. It is necessary that he should make hostile movements before that time."
To the Minister of Marine, Bonaparte wrote on the 11th, "I direct that you break off all communications by sea, and that no person nor packet-boat dare to pass any more, under any pretence whatever."
The following is another letter, dated Paris, June 11, to his favourite Orator, Count Regnault de St. Jean D'Angely:-
"I have received your letter. I have fixed at 60,000 francs, including every thing, the salary of Ministers of State. Besides this, I have ordered Peyruche to pay you 6,000 fr. monthly in your capacity of President so long as I shall be with the army. I desire that this additional salary remain secret."
There is a note below the minute, "wrote in consequence to Baron Peyruche."