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1856 edition. Excerpt: ...the Bourbon princes, that wonderful man
breathed his last upon the rock of St Helena who had so long
chained the destinies of the world to his chariot-wheels. Since his
transference, by the unanimous determination of the allied
sovereigns, to that distant and melancholy place of exile, he had
alternately exhibited the grandeur of a lofty, the weaknesses of a
little, and the genius of a i Hi-t of highly gifted mind. He said
at Fontaiuebleau, when he Europe, took leave of his faithful
guards, that what " they had 8 26. ' done together he would
write;"1 and he had fulfilled the promise, in part at least, with
consummate ability. It is hard to say whether his fame does not now
rest Chap. nearly as much on his sayings and thoughts recorded
at--St Helena, as on all the mighty deeds which he achieved 1821in
Europe. Yet even here, and when his vast genius alternately
revealed the secrets of the past, and pierced the depths of the
future, the littlenesses of a dwarf appeared in striking contrast
to the strength of a giant. He was irritable, jealous, and
spiteful, not less than able, discriminating, and profound; his
serenity was disturbed by his being addressed with the title of
General, or attended, at a distance, by an English orderly in the
course of his rides; and exaggeration, falsehood, and envy appeared
in his thoughts and writings, not less than genius, capacity, and
depth. His character, as revealed by misfortune, that touchstone of
the human heart, affords the most striking proof of the truth of Dr
Johnson's observation, that no man ever yet raised himself from a
private station to the government of mankind, in whom great and
commanding qualities were not blended with littlenesses which would
appear inconceivable in ordinary men....
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