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Eylau: An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army

Official Documents of the Last Negotiation Enters France and England: February 20, 1806

No.  I. Downing-Street 

Mister minister, I believe it is my duty, having the qualities of an honest man, to make you aware, of a rather strange circumstance that came to my knowledge.  The shortest way to tell you the facts, are as they came to me.

There has been some days since an informant told me that someone came to disembarked at Gravesend without a passport, and that he asked me whether he should be sent to me as he recently came from Paris, and that he had things to tell me which would please to me.  All alone I interviewed him my cabinet, where, after some talk of little importance, this scoundrel had the audacity to say to me, to appease all the crowns, it was necessary to kill the head of the French, and which for this object, he had rented a house at Passy, from where one undoubtedly could and without risk to carry this out this detestable project.  I did not learn if it were to be by means of using rifles or by weapons with fire of a new construction.  I do not have to tell you, Mister minister, who knows me, the shame that I acknowledge you, of my extreme confusion, to finding myself in this case conversing with a declared assassin.  In this state of continued confusion, I ordered him to leave me urgently, giving at the same time instructions to the senior police officer that held him, to make him leave the kingdom instead.  After having reflected very maturely on what I doing, I recognized the fault that I had done by letting him leave before you were informed, and I had him retained.

Perhaps this appearance is nothing at all, and that this miserable had another thing in sight by swaggering and promising things that according to his way of thinking would please me

In all cases, I believed that you had to be informed what occurred, before I returned him.  Our laws do not enable us to hold him long term, but he will leave only after you will have had enough time to warn everyone against his attacks, supposed that is still his has bad intentions; and when he leaves, I will have care that he only disembarks in some possible port most distant from France.  He was called here Guillet of Gevrilliere, but I think that it is a false name.  He did not have a scrap of paper to show, and from his first landing, I made him the honor to believe he wasn’t under suspicion. 

I have the honor to be your most perfect attaché, Mister minister, your very-obeying servant, Signed, C. T. Fox.




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