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BONAPARTE.


EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM TORBAY.

"Bonaparte on Tuesday was seen the greatest part of the morning at the windows of the cabin, generally in conversation with Bertrand or L'Allemand, and occasionally looking with a small opera glass at the gazing groupes crowded in the vessels below, of all ages and occupations, and sometimes appeared reading a newspaper; but he had none of the usual French gesticulation, and his countenance seldom altered. He is now very corpulent; and annexing that idea with the print of him, full length, as taken standing with his arms across on the parade, or the older print of him, as musing in the gardens of Malmaison, will give the best idea of his person. He was dressed in a very plain green coat, with a red collar, also perfectly plain, coming close round his neck, the coat buttoned close on the breast, and cut back in the usual French fashion, shewing a white waistcoat, and pantaloons: a silver star on the left breast, two large gold epaulets, a low cocked hat, perfectly plain and high boots. His complexion is a clear uniform brown, no mustachios or whiskers, only his jet black hair appearing before the ear and a little behind. His eye is black, rather small, a steady, fixed look. The most remarkable feature is the chin, which is very prominent; lips small; forming altogether a handsome, and divested of the ideas happily inseparable from his person, a pleasing countenance. He is rather bald on the top of the head. Soon after five o'clock he appeared walking steadily the length of the quarter-deck, on the starboard side, with L'Allemand; Bonaparte kept next the side of the ship, with his hat on, rather attending to his companion's conversation, than taking much part in it himself. He frequently used his handkerchief, and otherwise had generally his right hand in the pocket of his pantaloons, and his left just throwing back his coat; sometimes his hands crossed behind. He paused, more or less, at the end of each turn, occasionally noticing some others of his suite, who all seemed to keep at a certain distance, and L'Allemand and all, with their hats off. Captain Maitland was standing at the gangway with some of his officers, and a French Officer, dressed in blue, covered with silver lace and embroidery, said to be Savary. There were two or three Ladies (Madame Bertrand and others) much dressed, in the French fashion. All seemed to treat Bonaparte as the Emperor; who appeared as one in thought, walking a very steady pace, quite upright, now and then stooping a little to look through the port-holes at the vessels alongside. His person altogether gives one the idea of a strong man. At six o'clock the bell rang, dinner was announced, and he went below, followed by his attendants. Our jolly tars, with their usual good humour, put out a board, chalked, 'He's gone to dine.' He remained, however, not much above half an hour, when another board announced his re-appearance on the deck; where he resumed his walk in the same spot, occasionally with a child, and conversing with Bertrand or the Ladies. He continued walking till dusk, when the view of this extraordinary man was closed to our countrymen, for the ship sailed at five next morning for Plymouth."

EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM PLYMOUTH, DATED FRIDAY, JULY 28.

"On the arrival of the Bellerophon, 74, Hon. Captain Maitland, in Plymouth Sound, on Wednesday last, having on board Napoleon Bonaparte and suite, the Eurotas and Briton frigates, then lying in the Sound, were immediately ordered to anchor near her, and six gun-boats, with a Lieutenant and eight men each, ordered to be continually rowing round her, to prevent any communication; so very strict are they, that no boat whatever (except the Admiral's) is permitted to come within the frigates or guard-boats, stationed about a cable's length distant round the Bellerophon, not even to lay to; and no distinction made to Captains and Officers in the Navy. Immense numbers of people have made efforts to get a nearer view, and have as often been peremptorily ordered off, or fired at. It is said Bonaparte has sent a note to Admiral Lord Keith, inviting him on board, which his Lordship is reported not to have answered. The Generals, &c. who accompanied him from France, are some of them on board the Bellerophon, and others on board the Myrmidon sloop and Slaney brig."

EXTRACT OF ANOTHER LETTER.

"He is about five feet four inches high, well made, stout withal, and a little round shouldered. To give you an account of the riches he has with him is out of my power. All I can say is that every thing he uses is gold or silver. I should wish you to see him, but that is impossible, as no one is permitted to go on board. When he is walking alone, his hands are folded behind him, and his countenance assumes a pensive cast. The line of his face is singular, being neither white nor sallow, but of a colour somewhat resembling bronze, and glossy. He often looks through his glass at Mount Edgecumbe, perhaps with the same view as the Duke of Medina Cœli, who, when hovering off Plymouth Sound, with the Spanish Armada, marked it out as his own, should the invasion prove successful. At his meals he exercises what is called in England a good knife and fork, and rarely speaks: in the use of liquors he is more abstemious.

"His Marshals are almost continuously on deck, in full uniform, in converse with their master, or the ladies and children. Madame Bertrand has been peculiarly inquisitive concerning his destination, and frequently hints that the Emperor is poor, having only a million of francs, or 40,000l. to boast of, while Talleyrand, formerly his minister, possesses immense wealth in all the funds of different countries. The number of strangers flocking to the port from all parts of England defies calculation, and every boat and barge is in requisition."

EXTRACT OF ANOTHER ACCOUNT.

"On Thursday he gratified the spectators with his appearance frequently on the poop and gangway, on which occasions the British, as well as the French officers, stood uncovered and apart! One of his officers intimating to him, that Sir Richard Strachan was in a barge alongside, Bonaparte instantly took off his hat, and bowed to him with a smile. This was a favourable opportunity for the various observers, as he continued walking in full view nearly an hour. Mrs. Maitland was also complimented with a bow. Yesterday Admiral Viscount Keith had a short interview with Bonaparte, at the request we understand of the latter, when orders were given, that he should be treated as a prisoner and foreign General."

"PLYMOUTH, JULY 29.- The weather being remarkably fine yesterday, several thousand persons surrounded the Bellerophon, in order to see Bonaparte, and the public were fully gratified about six o'clock in the evening, he having stood near twenty minutes on the gangway, completely in view of the public, and it is expected he will do so daily. Several transports arrived yesterday with wounded French prisoners from Waterloo. Bonaparte earnestly looked at them from the stern gallery of the Bellerophon, during the time they were passing that ship. Captain Maitland and all the British Officers remain uncovered during the time he remains on deck."

"PLYMOUTH, JULY 30.- When Bonaparte first came on board the Bellerophon he was received without the least ceremony, not even a guard was turned out for him. Shortly after Sir H. Hotham arrived in the Superb, and the next day Bonaparte went on board her, where he was received with a guard, the yards manned, and saluted (but I do not know with how many guns) and when he returned to the Bellerophonhe was received in the same manner. The orders received here from the Government are to treat him as a General Officer, and nothing more; and none but the Commanders in Chief (of the Navy, Lord Keith and Sir J. Duckworth) have permission to go on board. I learn that Bonaparte himself, and two of his Generals, are constantly employed in writing from the morning (after breakfast) till 4 o'clock, when he walks upon deck till half-past 5, occasionally shewing himself to the people in the numberless boats which surround the ship, as close as they can get; but there is a frigate moored on each side of the Bellerophon, from which boats now guard day and night, to keep all boats off, at which Bonaparte is very indignant, and said that he should think that he was secure enough on board a British 74, without being guarded in such a way. The letter to the Prince is correctly stated, but it was sent to him only by last Thursday's post: it had been determined upon before he left Rochefort, where some of his followers got copies of it, from whence it found its way to Paris and London. When on deck he talks familiarly with all the Officers and men, and has all of our newspapers read to him by one of the General's wives, who is a connection of the Dillons. It was endeavoured to keep The Times and Courier from him, that he might not hear any thing offensive on board the ship, situated as he was, but he asked particularly for them, and would not be satisfied without hearing them every day."

"MONDAY EVENING.- The boats get within 30 yards of the Bellerophon, and Bonaparte is seen at the gangway for 20 minutes at a time. He always leaves the cabin and walks to the quarter-deck and gangways while the cloth is laying for dinner. On Sunday, the weather clearing up, which had been unfavourable during the whole of Saturday, the Sound was again covered with an immense number of boats, and the pressure was so great, that the guard-boats, with extreme difficulty, kept them a few yards only from the ship. As the time for the appearance of Bonaparte drew nigh (a quarter before six) the exertions of the boats to get a "good birth" produced no small confusion. About this time some wags on the poop of the Bellerophon, played water from an engine on the starboard quarter upon those beneath them. The groans, hisses, and shouts of the enraged multitude, however, were soon heard, and the playing of the engine ceased. When Bonaparte appeared, the innermost boats touched the side. A number of distinguished personages were observed in the men of war's boats in the inside, under the ship's ladder. The same scene, with little variation, took place on Monday, except that the number of boats had increased so much on both sides of the ship, that the guard-boats were rendered useless, and the sides of the ship were touched in every part. Bonaparte, as usual, appeared at a quarter before six on the larboard gangway -bowed- remained three minutes, and then went over to the starboard side, where he remained six or seven minutes. There were 1500 boats in the Sound, all crammed with spectators.

"It is supposed that there were not less than 10,000 persons round the Bellerophon this evening. Bonaparte stood on the gang-way about half an hour, between six and seven o'clock."

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