[NAPOLÉON IER (1769-1821)].

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[NAPOLÉON IER (1769-1821)].
MANUSCRIPT REGISTER, Log of the Proceedings of H.M.S. Northumberland from the 2d August 1815, to the 15th August 1816; 100 pages in-fol., with printed categories, bound in red half-goatskin, gilt title on spine; in English.
Logbook of the HMS Northumberland, the ship that transported Napoleon I into captivity on the Island of Saint Helena.
In addition to the daily and usual information on the situation of the ship, the meteorological and oceanographic conditions, the sighting of other ships, and various incidents such as repairs to equipment on board, the punishment of members of the crew (drunkenness, theft, contempt), the delivery of food and water, religious services, etc., this logbook records the embarkation and disembarkation of its famous passenger NAPOLEON.
Monday, August 7th, 1815. At 11 o’clock. General Buonaparte embarked from H.M.S. Bellerophon («Genl Buonaparte came on board» ...), accompanied by Lord Keith and the following persons: Count Bertrand, his wife, three children, a servant and his child, General Montholon, his wife, a child and a female servant, General Gourgaud, the count of «Las Casas» and his son, nine servants and a surgeon ... Tuesday, October 17. Landed General Buonaparte and his suite («Landed Genl Buonaparte & suite»).
The Northumberland sailed the following June 19 and headed for Ascension Island, taking its bearings from Cape Verde, Cape Palmes, the Azores, etc., to return to South East England. The last entry mentions the payment of the crew at Sheerness (Kent).

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Former collection of the administrator and military historian John DRINKWATER BETHUNE (his collector’s stamp on the title-page).
 
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