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Proclamation to the Soldiers: February, 1806

Address to the Senate on Annexation of the Cisalpine Republic: 1806


Napoleon's Addresses: 1806

Compiled By Tom Holmberg


Proclamation to the Soldiers: February, 1806

"Soldiers: For the last ten years I have done everything in my power to save the King of Naples.  He has done everything to destroy himself.  After the battles of Dego, Mondovi, and Lodi he could oppose to me but a feeble resistance.  I relied upon the word of this Prince, and was gracious toward him.  When the second coalition was dissolved at Marengo, the King of Naples, who had been the first to commence this unjust war, abandoned by his allies, remained single-handed and defenceless.  He implored me.  I pardoned him a second time.  It is but a few months since you were at the gates of Naples.  I had sufficiently powerful reasons for suspecting the treason in contemplation. I was still generous,—I acknowledged the neutrality of Naples.  I ordered you to evacuate the Kingdom.  For the third time the House of Naples was reëstablished and saved.  Shall we forgive a fourth time?  Shall we rely a fourth time on a court without faith, honor, or reason?  No, no!  The dynasty of Naples has ceased to reign. Its existence is incompatible with the honor of Europe, and the repose of my crown."

Address to the Senate on Annexation of the Cisalpine Republic: 1806

"Powerful and Great is the French Empire.  Greater still is our moderation.  We have in a manner conquered Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany.  But, in the midst of such unparalleled success, we have listened only to the counsels of moderation.  Of so many conquered provinces, we have retained only the one which was necessary to maintain France in the rank among the nations which she has always enjoyed.  The partition of Poland, the provinces torn from Turkey, the conquest of India, and of almost all the European colonies, have turned the balance against us.  To form a counterpoise to such acquisitions, we must retain something.  But we must keep only what is useful and necessary.  Great would have been the addition to the wealth and resources of our territory, if we had united to them the Italian Republic.  But we gave it independence at Lyons.  And we now proceed a step further, and recognize its ultimate separation from the crown of France, deferring only the execution of that project till it can be done without danger to Italian independence."


Napoleon's Addresses: Selections from the Proclamations, Speeches and Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte. Edited by Ida M. Tarbell. (Boston: Joseph Knight, 1896.)

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