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BONAPARTE.

The Northumberland, containing BONAPARTE, was still off Plymouth on Thursday. She is supposed to be waiting for some store-ships, which are to accompany her. Immediately on their arrival, we suppose she will proceed to St. Helena. The re-shipment of this celebrated man, so long before the vessel appointed to convey him was ready, no doubt proceeded from a jealousy, common in little minds, of the silent respect he was continually receiving from the thousands upon thousands which, from all parts of England, were constantly crowding around him. It is said his money has been taken from him, about two thousand pounds only being left him; and that he is restricted to one service of plate. We are, however, glad to hear that BERTRAND is allowed to accompany him. This faithful friend has been with him from seven years of age, (a proof that NAPOLEON, devil, as he is represented to be, can keep a friend), and is attached to him by the strongest ties of affection and gratitude. Both him and the Countess his wife, who, being an Irish Lady, performs the office of an English Interpreter to NAPOLEON, are to be sharers in his exile.

We have, in another part of our present number, given a long and very interesting account of the manner in which BONAPARTE received the intelligence of his future destination; and we have also freely expressed our feelings on the conduct of Ministers.- (not the country)- towards this living instance of fallen greatness. In performing this independent part of our duty as public journalists, we consider NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, abstractedly speaking, out of the question.- The nation was called on by a man who, for years, had had a great controul over the destinies of Europe, to perform an act of generosity. Subdued, he humbly asked for an asylum and an honourable captivity. This, because he had been our enemy, we have denied him; and thus have placed a great nation on a level with a little minded, revengeful individual.

The manner in which NAPOLEON is to be treated at St. Helena is thus explained in a demi-official manner in The Courier of Friday:-

"As a great deal of misapprehension appears to exist on the subject of St. Helena as a proper place for the confinement of BONAPARTE, we cannot avoid observing that the sentiments of many of our correspondents are founded upon the supposition- First, that BONAPARTE is to be at liberty on that island.- Secondly, that neutral vessels are to have access to it.- Thirdly, that the garrison is not to be trusted, and that the island does not belong to the Crown, but to the East India Company.

"With respect to the first objection, we can assure our readers that there is no intention of suffering BONAPARTE to be at liberty in the island: he will be as regularly guarded and confined as he could be in England, and permitted only to take air and exercise when properly attended.

"In the second place, all neutrals whatever will be excluded from the island as long as BONAPARTE is to continue a prisoner there; so that no danger on this account can possibly exist.

"In the third place, he will be placed under the custody of a General Officer in the King's service, and of a British Admiral; the former will have the government of the island under the present circumstances. The garrison of the East India Company will be reduced or wholly withdrawn, and the island will be garrisoned by a King's regiment."


Since writing the above, we learn that the Northumberland put to sea on the arrival of the Weymouth store-ship late on Friday evening.

The Brussels Papers afford us what the free Press in Paris dares not- some speculations on the intentions of the Allied Powers respecting France. These mention that immediate steps are about to be taken to reduce those towns on the Northern frontier which still refuse to yield. They also continue to assert positively, that three most important French fortresses, Lille, Metz, and Strasburg, are, upon the demand of the Allies, to receive garrisons of the troops of the Allied Monarchs. Lille is to be occupied in this case by the English; Metz by the Russians; and Strasburg by the Austrians. The garrison of each of these fortresses is to consist of not less than 14,000 men; besides this, the allied troops are to form a chain from the frontiers of Switzerland to the North Sea, powerfully supported by the three above-named fortresses. It is added, but this seems more doubtful, that Dunkirk will also be garrisoned by English troops; meantime, the reinforcements continually landed for the English army proceed as fast as they arrive to France. These are the accounts we receive by the Dutch Mails. They however receive no confirmation from the Vienna Papers, which mention the frequent granting of most favourable terms to places which exhibit no other sign of submission than the mere hoisting of the white flag. It is very clear that considerable difference exists among the Allies as to their future treatment of France; and this difference is no where so apparent as in their contradictory behaviour to the fortresses which they are besieging. The Prussians, and in some cases (but not in all) the Russians, insist on an unconditional surrender, and the occupation of the place. The Austrians grant armistices, and treat with the French more upon the footing of equality. Were the business to end in the Allies warring on each other, it would not much surprise us.


A letter from Portsmouth Bay- "Abundance of groceries, and all kinds of sea stock, were shipped with the utmost expedition on board the Northumberland, for Bonaparte. Some hundreds of sheep, and several hundred tons of hay, were shipped to stock St. Helena [where they remain] at the end of the voyage.- Nothing seemed spared fit for an Ex-Emperor."


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