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FROM THE FRENCH OF
M. DE BOURRIENNE,
Private Secretary to Napoleon, and Minister of State under the Direc-
lory, the Consulate, the Empire, and the Restoration,
A NEW EDITION, IN ONE VOLUME.
The present translation of the Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, by M. de Bourrienne, has been undertaken for the purpose of compressing into one volume of the 'English Classic Library,' the life of perhaps the most extraordinary man the world has ever produced. Bourrienne was eminently qualified to be the biographer of Napoleon; he had lived on terms of the closest intimacy with him from his boyhood; and from the official situation as private secretary which he afterwards held under him when general, consul, and emperor, he was present both at the planning and execution of many of the extraordinary deeds which so rapidly succeeded each other during that eventful period. Ye was ab?. to observe the gradual development and aorking out of those striking and brilliant ideas,
wk vere communicaied to him, in the frankness ** of conficiential intimacy, at the moment of their birth,
but which were not always matured and acted upon *** until a subsequent period.
He has stated, that he always had in view the pub·lication of his Memoirs of Napoleon, and that, from
an early period, he commenced making notes and collecting documents, so as to preserve a perfect