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The Autobiography of William Jerdan

Vol. I. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Introductory
Ch. 2: Childhood
Ch. 3: Boyhood
Ch. 4: London
Ch. 5: Companions
Ch. 6: The Cypher
Ch. 7: Edinburgh
Ch. 8: Edinburgh
Ch. 9: Excursion
Ch. 10: Naval Services
Ch. 11: Periodical Press
Ch. 12: Periodical Press
Ch. 13: Past Times
Ch. 14: Past Times
Ch. 15: Literary
Ch. 16: War & Jubilees
Ch. 17: The Criminal
Ch. 18: Mr. Perceval
Ch. 19: Poets
Ch. 20: The Sun
Ch. 21: Sun Anecdotes
Ch. 22: Paris in 1814
Ch. 23: Paris in 1814
Ch. 24: Byron
Vol. I. Appendices
Scott Anecdote
Burns Anecdote
Life of Thomson
John Stuart Jerdan
Scottish Lawyers
Sleepless Woman
Canning Anecdote
Southey in The Sun
Hood’s Lamia
Murder of Perceval
Vol. II. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary
Ch. 2: Mr. Canning
Ch. 3: The Sun
Ch. 4: Amusements
Ch. 5: Misfortune
Ch. 6: Shreds & Patches
Ch. 7: A Character
Ch. 8: Varieties
Ch. 9: Ingratitude
Ch. 10: Robert Burns
Ch. 11: Canning
Ch. 12: Litigation
Ch. 13: The Sun
Ch. 14: Literary Gazette
Ch. 15: Literary Gazette
Ch. 16: John Trotter
Ch. 17: Contributors
Ch. 18: Poets
Ch 19: Peter Pindar
Ch 20: Lord Munster
Ch 21: My Writings
Vol. II. Appendices
The Satirist.
Authors and Artists.
The Treasury
Morning Chronicle
Chevalier Taylor
Foreign Journals
‣ Postscript
Vol. III. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary Pursuits
Ch. 2: Literary Labour
Ch. 3: Poetry
Ch. 4: Coleridge
Ch 5: Criticisms
Ch. 6: Wm Gifford
Ch. 7: W. H. Pyne
Ch. 8: Bernard Barton
Ch. 9: Insanity
Ch. 10: The R.S.L.
Ch. 11: The R.S.L.
Ch. 12: L.E.L.
Ch. 13: L.E.L.
Ch. 14: The Past
Ch. 15: Literati
Ch. 16: A. Conway
Ch. 17: Wellesleys
Ch. 18: Literary Gazette
Ch. 19: James Perry
Ch. 20: Personal Affairs
Vol. III. Appendices
Literary Poverty
Ismael Fitzadam
Mr. Tompkisson
Mrs. Hemans
A New Review
Debrett’s Peerage
Procter’s Poems
Poems by Others
Poems by Jerdan
Vol. IV. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Critical Glances
Ch. 2: Personal Notes
Ch. 3: Fresh Start
Ch. 4: Thomas Hunt
Ch. 5: On Life
Ch. 6: Periodical Press
Ch. 7: Quarterly Review
Ch. 8: My Own Life
Ch. 9: Mr. Canning
Ch. 10: Anecdotes
Ch. 11: Bulwer-Lytton
Ch. 12: G. P. R. James
Ch. 13: Finance
Ch. 14: Private Life
Ch. 15: Learned Societies
Ch. 16: British Association
Ch. 17: Literary Characters
Ch. 18: Literary List
Ch. 19: Club Law
Ch. 20: Conclusion
Vol. IV. Appendix
Gerald Griffin
W. H. Ainsworth
James Weddell
The Last Bottle
N. T. Carrington
The Literary Fund
Letter from L.E.L.
Geographical Society
Baby, a Memoir
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Fifteen years ago, when le Vicomte F. de Persigny, then aide-de-camp of Prince Charles Louis Napoleon,* now the President of the French Republic, published his account of the Strasburgh “Journée” of the 30th October, 1836, following another pamphlet printed by Poussielque, containing his biography as a preparative for that dash, I was attracted to the subject, and spoke of the hero of these brochures as a “scion of the Napoleon family, who was a marked man, and one likely to figure on the scene hereafter!” In 1830 he had taken part in the insurrectionary movement in Italy, whence he narrowly escaped, whilst his elder brother, the Duke of Reichstadt, died at Forli; and being ordered to quit France by King Philippe, he came to this country for a short period. In 1831 he went to Switzerland, where he was courted by the discontented Poles to put himself at the head of that nation in arms against Russia, which he prudentially declined. He then appeared to be entirely devoted to literary pursuits, and published his “Considérations Politiques et Militaires sur la Suisses;” and his “Manuel

* His baptismal name, but, when his uncle passed the Act of the Senate in the year XII. and he hecame the Representative of the Buonaparte dynasty, changed to Napoleon Louis. It was from this date that the imperial dignity was limited to the issue of Joseph, King of Spain, and Louis, King of Holland; excluding the descendants of Lucien and Jerome.

d’Artillerie;” but his eye was upon France, and the possibility of raising an insurrection, all the while.

The failure at Strasburgh, and his being conveyed under escort to America, were the result; from which latter country he returned once more to England. His disguises, and assumption of false names, and narrow escapes, are perfectly romantic; and I had communicated to me a Letter addressed by him to his mother, in which he recites his misfortunes in endeavouring “faire envisager” the Napoléonnienne cause as the only national cause in France,—as the only cause of civilisation in Europe. It was then he proclaimed his desire to found a union and amalgamation of all parties, on the imperial basis, and establish the true interests of France, as the most preponderating constitutional government on the Continent.

At the present time, when every matter relating to this exalted personage possesses a high degree of public interest, I have thought it might be acceptable to print the annexed letter, so characteristic of the politico-literary and flattering tactics the Prince was then pursuing.

“August 24th.

Dear Sir,

“The article which out of kindness you have promised to insert in your valuable periodical relative to the P[rince] N[apoleon] B[uonaparte], will undoubtedly be repeated by the press throughout France. Some degree more of sympathy in its contents may have a great influence on the political horizon of the avenir!

“I beg leave to forward you a late article of the English press, which may perhaps give you some further hint. I can positively vouch for its correctness, having the honour of being acquainted with the high Whig personage, who let himself out
so d—— explicitly upon the subject. I enclose, moreover, a small pamphlet, just arrived from Paris. You may cast an eye upon it, if you like. I am perfectly confident that the Prince’s literary reputation cannot be better advocated, than by a person who, like yourself, feels the energy of noble sentiments, and knows how to communicate to others the irresistible talisman of the power of knowledge.

“I hope I shall, in a short time, have the pleasure of introducing you to that most excellent young Prince, whose delight is to become acquainted with persons as much recommended by their scientific attainments, as by the perseverant liberality of their sentiments.

“I have the honour to be, sir,
“Your most obedient servant,

* * * * *

“P.S. I beg you to accept the enclosed engraving as a souvenir* It is one of the first copies.”

* Portrait of the Prince.