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After Waterloo: What happened next?

Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2015

After the collapse of Napoleon's army two hundred years ago, what happened next? We catch up with the news from July 3rd, 1815

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Louis XVIII Copyright free  image Icon Copyright free: Bibliothèque Nationale de France Louis XVIII - well-placed for a return? The embargo on the French posts has been taken off, and French papers to the 26th have been received from Boulogne, Harve, and other ports. From these papers, it is apparent that the war is near a close. The French do not appear to have any army with which to oppose the allies, and it is likely therefore that the Bourbon dynasty will be re-established without any further struggle.

The Legislative Bodies may vote certain resolutions but is it questionable, in the circumstances in which the country is placed, whether any regard will be paid to their authority.

Negotiators have been appointed to treat with allied Sovereigns. But if it be true, as stated, that they have resolved to have no intercourse except with Louis XVIII, all attempts at negotiation will be fruitless, and the Legislative Bodies having n o longer in their hands the means of resistance, must be at the mercy of the allied armies, which are rapidly approaching their capital.

Bonaparte has left the Palace of Elysee for Malmaison; the guards usually stationed there are withdrawn; and the Paris papers state, that his future plans are not known.

It is stated, however, and generally believed, that M. Oyyo has been empowered to treat with the English government respecting him, and that he has notified his desire of fixing his future residence in this country. In one paper, it is stated that he has already embarked at Harve, accompanied by his brothers Jerome and Joseph. General Drouet is also said to have expressed a wish to follow him. There is a report of two Marshalls having been sent on a military mission, which is supposed to have for its object a suspension of hostilities.

Paris is said to be in great agitation; but the national guards preserve order. All the caricatures against Louis XVIII have disappeared from the print-shops.

On Thursday night, a supplement to Tuesday's Gazette was published, containing dispatches from the Duke of Wellington, dated on the 25th [June], at Joncourt, near St Quintin. Marshal Blucher is in advance, having entered St Quintin. In this dispatch, it is stated that the French army is in a complete state of disorganisation, the men deserting by companies, and the dragoons selling their horses to the peasantry.

The Duke Of Wellington has published a proclamation, in which he commands all the inhabitants of France to remain at their homes, and threatens those who take part in war against the allies with confiscation of their properties for the subsistence of the armies. From this proclamation is appears to be intention of the allies to insist on the re-establishment of the Bourbons as the condition of peace.

- from The Caledonian Mercury, July 3rd, 1815.




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