The Napoleon Dynasty; Or, the History of the Bonaparte Family. Brought Down to the Present Time

9780217358279: The Napoleon Dynasty; Or, the History of the Bonaparte Family. Brought Down to the Present Time

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860. Excerpt: ... LAST DAYS OF LETITIA. 81 dearer to me than my own. In the name of Him whose essence is goodness, and of whom your imperial and royal Majesties are the image, I entreat you to put a period to his misery, and to restore him to liberty. For this, I implore God, and I implore you, who are his vicegerents on earth. Reasons of state have their limits, and posterity which gives immortality, adores above all things, the generosity of conquerors." And in 1819, Napoleon having expressed his determination, whatever might be the extremity of his case, not to permit the visits of an English physician, and his desire to have the company of a Catholic priest, she cheerfully defrayed the expense of a mission to St. Helena, selected by Cardinal Fesch, with the approval of the Pope, consisting of Dr. Antommarchi, Father Bonavita, and Abbe Vignali. XXXII. Madame Letitia continued to reside at Rome, near her brother Cardinal Fesch, in the Palazzo Falconnieri, until her death, which took place on the 2d of February, 1836, at the advanced age of 86 years. She occupied an extensive suite of apartments in the palace of her choice, which were handsomely furnished, and with more attention to neatness and comfort than is common in Italy. Her establishment was splendid, but private and unostentatious. She lead a very retired life, in her declining years, amid the social circle of her children and a few intimate friends, and dispensing charities to the poor. She retained marks of her former beauty after she had reached her eightieth year. Canova's magnificent bust of her strikingly resembles the original. Her children and descendants were unwearied in their attentions to her to the last, and she died as she had lived, a zealous devotee of the Catholic faith. She is buried in Rome--an...

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