You are Gentlemen !
I never met Napoleon and I donít know him in person : )
Thus I try to form my opinion in texts, appreciations or small observations, often alleviating, from people who knew the Emperor in person. One of the most honest, rigorous, not involved and devoted is Marchand.
In spite of his obvious admiration, he speaks about him as one speaks about a friend: about his qualities and his defects. Marchand in his notes of
August 6, 1815 observes: "... They - you, the English: ) - were unaware of
that, only interested by France, the Emperor had never been worried
but about the size of the fatherland and the fortune of the country
and that his desinterest would have left him, after Waterloo, without
one centime, if friends such as the dukes of Vicence, Bassano
and the count Lavalette had not been concerned in joining
for him with Mr. Laffitte a few million who, six years later, were
used to establish the legacies of his will "
Moreover it is wise to remember that Napoleon was the Emperor of
the French and not a little General worried by his retirement.
The money of wool were used for to pay the expenditure of the war. This
should not be surprise for you: Did not your government of London pay the war against France with the plundering of the Indies ? It is not ?
I hope this help....