The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1828)

9780217595605: The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1828)

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAP. III. Account of the Institute at Cairo and the learned Men who accompanied the Expedition to Egypt—Denon's Narrative continued— Gazelles in the Desert—Approach to Syene— Beautiful View of the Island of Elephantina—Syene and the Frontiers of Upper Egypt—Quarters of the Army— Temple of Cneph and other Monuments, at Elephantina— Trade of Syene—Encounter of the French Cavalry with Assan-Bey—Carved Blocks of Granite—Cataracts of the Nile—Island of Philoe—Ethiopian Village and its Inhabitants—Napoleon's Questions to the Institute—Amusements of the French Officers—Petrified Forest—Fluctuation of the Sands of the Desert—Egyptian Mode of conveying Intelligence, or a Substitute for Telegraphs—Return of Mint and his Troop to Cairo—Movements of the Mamelukes .preparatory to the Battle of Aboukir—Arrival of the Turkish Fleet off Aboukir—Operations of the French to frus- . trate the .Intentions of the Turkish Armament—NapoLeon's Letters to the Divans of Rosetta and Grand Cairo— Disembarkation of the Turks at Aboukir—Bonaparte takes his Position at the Wells between Alexandria and Aboukir— his singular Conversation with General Murat, and spirited Reply of that intrepid Officer—M. Miot's Opinion in Respect to Napoleon's Exclamation, and his being then resolved to leave the Army of Egypt and embark for Europe. " During the expedition to Syria," continues M. Miot, " order was established in all the branches of the administration at Cairo. Money was in active circulation, and the Institute pursued undisturbed its valuable researches. Ou all sides the French had displayed their industrious .activity, and wants of every kind presented to dexterous speculators a thousand means of acquiring riches." As we cannot dwell too much on the French expedition to Egypt, which affords such inco...

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