The following is part of a conversation held with Bonaparte on Monday last.
He was asked his opinion of the British infantry?
Bonaparte- Long wars make good soldiers- the cavalry of both nations he said was excellent- our artillery had derived much improvement from the French.
Of the Duke of Wellington he seemed to avoid giving any opinion.
To a question about Louis the 18th-
Bonaparte- He is a good sort of man- too fond of the table and pretty sayings. He is not calculated for the French. The Duchess of Angouleme is the only Man in the Family. The French must have such a man as myself.
One of his attendants, Bertrand we believe, gave his opinion of the Emperor of Russia, that he was a good man; his heart better than his head; that he did not think him a great man.
Bonaparte, taking a pinch of snuff, and inclining his head almost into the face of the speaker, replied- Ni moi non plus (nor I, neither.)
He broke out into some invectives against the conduct of the Allies; called it perfidious, treacherous.
"But you seem to forget that you were in Elba an virtue of a solemn treaty; that no molestation was offered you; yet you left in violation of the faith of that treaty."
Bonaparte- I was an independent Sovereign; I had a right to make war upon another Sovereign; upon Louis XVIII if I chose. I did do it, and beat him with a few hundred men.
Touching upon St. Helena, he seemed not only indignant, but surprised at being sent there.
Bonaparte.- I would have given my word of honour to have remained quiet, and to have held no political correspondence in England. I would have pledged myself, not to quit the place assigned me, but to live as a simple individual.
"That seems to be next to impossible; for though you have had great reverses, you can never so far forget what you had been as to conceive yourself to be, or conduct yourself as a single individual.
Bonaparte- But why not let me remain in England upon my parole of honour?
Reply.- You forget that some hundreds of French Officers violated their parole of honour, and that not only you did not express any indignation against them, but received them with particular distinction- Lefebvre Desnouettes for instance?
Bonaparte made no remark upon this.
Of the Prince Regent he spoke in the highest terms, adding, that he was the only Sovereign in Europe that had been consistent, constant, and vigorous; that it was he who had been the real cause of defeating all his designs and destroying his power.-Courier.