Eylau: An Abstract of the Chronological Exploits of the Grand Army
Tallyrand’s Response to Fox’s Letter of 20 February 1806.
5 March 1806
No II. – Mister. I put the letter of V Exc. under the eyes of S.M. His first word, after having completed the reading of it, was: there “I recognize the principles of honor and virtue which have always animated Mr. Fox.” He added: “Thank him for my part, and say to him that the ongoing policy of his sovereign keeps us in this long drawn-out war still, that is to say that such an useless quarrel for humanity has an end as brought closer as the two nations owe to wish, I am delighted by the new character that, by this step, the war already took, and who I predict from this what we can expect from a cabinet of which I gladly appreciate the principles, according to those of Mr. Fox, one of the men most made to feel in all things what is beautiful what is really great.”
I will not allow myself, Sir, to add anything to the proper expressions S.M.I. and R. I only ask you to approve the insurance of my higher consideration.
Signed, CH Mr. TALLEYRAND, prince de Bénévent.
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