Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène, "c’est trop fort [d]'envoyer ici une telle bête"
28th May 1817.
Every thing remains here in the same state as when I last had the honor to address Your Lordship. General Bonaparte continues in good health and tranquil. He has been very sensible on a letter has appeared in one of the Papers from the Marquis Montchenu remarking “c’est trop fort envoyer ici une telle bête” to a settlement belonging to a Rival nation, to render him an object of Contempt and confirm the English in their old prejudices that the French were a nation of dancing Masters.
Dr. O’Meara to whom the observation was made, might have with great justice remarked that some of his own General Officers form their Insolences, Vulgarity & protections, not set off by much more talent than what the Marquis possesses rendered them fitter objects of general prejudice than his follies; but Dr. O’Meara is I fear too prone to receive without opposition and admire what is said to him.
I have the honor &c.