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Napoleon’s Wine

Posted by Nicholas Blake, on April 22nd, 2013


In August 1814, after defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon sailed with his suite for St Helena, a remote British possession in the South Atlantic, onboard the Northumberland, arriving in October. Its new governor was Admiral Sir George Cockburn, who entertained Napoleon, his wife, and his suite on the voyage, and this document records the port, claret, madeira, malmsey, champagne, and sherry expended. It is part of his report of 11 November 1815, in which he notes ‘they still I am sorry to add shew themselves occasionally less reconciled to their Destiny here than I should wish.’

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