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Read Richard Whately’s Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Bonaparte Free Online

This public domain book by Richard Whately, Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Bonaparte, is available in print and e-books but can be read online by clicking the links in the table of contents below. Table of Contents Preface Main Essay … Continue reading

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Whately’s Preface to his Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Bonaparte

Is not the same reason available in theology and in politics? … Will you follow truth but to a certain point?—Burke’s Vindication of Natural Society. The first author who stated fairly the connexion between the evidence of testimony and the evidence of experience, … Continue reading

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Whately’s Historic Doubts on Napoleon Bonaparte Main Essay Part One

HISTORIC DOUBTS RELATIVE TO NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE.   Long as the public attention has been occupied by the extraordinary personage from whose ambition we are supposed to have so narrowly escaped, the subject seems to have lost scarcely anything of its … Continue reading

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Whately’s Historic Doubts on Napoleon Bonapart Main Essay Part Two

—-   Another circumstance which throws additional suspicion on these tales is, that the whig-party, as they are called—the warm advocates for liberty, and opposers of the encroachments of monarchical power—have for some time past strenuously espoused the cause and … Continue reading

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Whately’s Historic Doubts on Napoleon Main Essay Part Three

—- There is one more circumstance which I cannot forbear mentioning, because it so much adds to the air of fiction which pervades every part of this marvellous tale; and that is, the nationality of it.[1] Buonaparte prevailed over all the … Continue reading

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Whately Postscript to Third Edition

POSTSCRIPT TO THE THIRD EDITION.   It may seem arrogant for an obscure and nameless individual to claim the glory of having put to death the most formidable of all recorded heroes. But a shadowy champion may be overthrown by … Continue reading

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Whately Postscript to Seventh Edition

POSTSCRIPT TO THE SEVENTH EDITION.   Since the publication of the Sixth Edition of this work, the French nation, and the world at large, have obtained an additional evidence, to which I hope they will attach as much weight as … Continue reading

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Postscript to the Ninth Edition

POSTSCRIPT TO THE NINTH EDITION.   The Public has been of late much interested and not a little bewildered, by the accounts of many strange events, said to have recently taken place in France and other parts of the Continent. Are … Continue reading

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Postscript to the Eleventh Edition

POSTSCRIPT TO THE ELEVENTH EDITION.   When any dramatic piece takes—as the phrase is—with the Public, it will usually be represented again and again with still-continued applause; and sometimes imitations of it will be produced; so that the same drama … Continue reading

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Postscript to the twelfth edition

POSTSCRIPT TO THE TWELFTH EDITION.   “Time” says the proverb, “rings Truth to light.” But the process is gradual and slow. The debt is paid, as it were, by instalments. It is only bit by bit, and at considerable intervals, … Continue reading

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