Napoleon Aboard Bellerophon

Napoleon as Emperor

Napoleon as Emperor

(From The War of All the Oceans by Roy and Lesley Adkins)

With Napoleon a captive aboard the Bellerophon at Brixham on Torbay after his final defeat at Waterloo, The Times of London published the following letter on July 26, 1815:

“What is to be done with him? Is he after all his crimes to be suffered to go unpunished; or in what way is he to be brought to justice? . . . What punishment can be just, if the condemning him to death be cruel? He has, for a long succession of years, deluged Europe in blood, to gratify his own mad vanity, his insatiable and furious ambition. It is calculated, that every minute he has reigned, has cost the life of a human being. He has desolated the earth in its fairest portions. He has not only darkened the palace and the crowded mart with terror and dismay, but he has carried unutterable distress into cottage, and the mountain solitude.”

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