Excerpt from Retreat of the French Army From Russia: Being a Most Interesting Detail of the Important Events and Dreadful Sufferings of the Allied Forces, Commanded by Bonaparte, During Their Retreat From Moscow
Napoleon had promised his soldiers to lead them to Moscow. There... , said he, will be the end of your labours and your. Efforts there a glorious Peace and every species of enjoyment await you. The Emperor of the French, always dexterous in profiting by the first. Moment of illusion and terror to enforce what he terms a Peace, had directed all his operations in the intention of quickly seiz ing Moscow, for he was no less confident than his soldiers, that it was in that capital a Peace was to be concluded. His calculation was just to a certain degree - Moscow did fall into his power. Yet there wasaslight error; Peace was not concluded, which did not give a very favourable turn to his deep laid schemes.
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