“On the evening of the twelfth … there had been a meeting at Bonaparte’s home …
The voting was over and the counting was beginning when [Bonaparte] suddenly rushed over to the table, sept the ballots off it and turning towards “that imbecile, Sieyes” as he called him, said calmly “instead of counting the votes, lets us once again express our gratitude to Citizen Sieyès by giving him the right to designate the first three magistrates of the Republic, and let us agree that the men he designates will be considered to be those we have just proceeded to nominate. Bonaparte had [earlier that day] made his choice of those who were to exercise the offices of second and third consults. All the participants .. approved the general’s proposal, Sieyès uttered the three expected names: Bonaparte, Cambacérès, Lebrun were … named consults of the Republic. There was applause and the ballots were thrown into the fire.”
Bourienne, Memoires, 3: 126 AND “This scene is described in comparable terms by La Réveilerie-Lépaux, to whom it was recounted by Daunos and Cambacérès, Vandal, L’Avènement de Bonaparte, 1: 523"
Gueniffey, Bonparte, (Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015) pp. 599-600