Excerpt from History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon, Vol. 12 of 12
What we have said shows how great would have been the folly of hastening to the Rhine on the morrow of the 20th of March to take advantage of the enthusiasm excited by the miraculous ... return from Elba. Had Napoleon done so, he would have met forces triple and quadruple the strength of his own; he would, by going so far, have made the reconstruction of our regiments more difficult and almost impossible, and finally, he would have turned against him all those who desired that every means of preserving peace should be tried, and who would not pardon his going to war unless it was absolutely inevi table. But if it were wise to wait until our forces were drawn from the inefficient state in which they were on 20th of March, and until the hostile dispositions of Europe were no longer doubtful, there remained an important question, whether having waited until the middle of June, it would not have been better to wait until the middle of July or August, when our forces would have been completely organised.
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