The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7

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Author: Napoleon Bonaparte  | Date: 1814

VI
To His Soldiers at Fontainebleau*
(1814)

Soldiers, I bid you farewell. For twenty years that we have been together your conduct has left me nothing to desire. I have always found you on the road to glory. All the powers of Europe have combined in arms against me.

A few of my generals have proved untrue to their duty and to France. France herself hasdesired other destinies; with you and the brave men who still are faithful, I might have carried on a civil war; but France would be unhappy. Be faithful, then, to your new king, be obedient to your new commanders, and desert not our beloved country.

Do not lament my lot; I will be happy when I know that you are so. I might have died; if I consent to live, it is still to promote your glory. I will write the great things that we have achieved.

I can not embrace you all, but I embrace your general. Come, General Petit, that I may press you to my heart! Bring me the eagle, that I may embrace it also! Ah! dear eagle, may this kiss which I give thee find an echo to the latest posterity! Adieu, my children; the best wishes of my heart shall be always with you: do not forget me !

* After his abdication, April 20, 1814. Tranlated "by a member of the New York Bar."

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Chicago: Napoleon Bonaparte, "VI to His Soldiers at Fontainebleau (1814)," The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7 in The World’s Famous Orations, ed. William Jennings Bryan (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906), 177. Original Sources, accessed July 23, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8BM877FXFK3M42.

MLA: Bonaparte, Napoleon. "VI to His Soldiers at Fontainebleau (1814)." The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7, in The World’s Famous Orations, edited by William Jennings Bryan, Vol. 7, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906, page 177. Original Sources. 23 Jul. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8BM877FXFK3M42.

Harvard: Bonaparte, N, 'VI to His Soldiers at Fontainebleau (1814)' in The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7. cited in December, 1906, The World’s Famous Orations, ed. , Funk and Wagnalls, New York, pp.177. Original Sources, retrieved 23 July 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8BM877FXFK3M42.