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Fouche : Memoires

From John Wilson Croker's Diary, 3 October 1834: 'I happened to mention the profuse fabrication of French Memoires, and instanced those of Fouche; the Duke said: "I dare say they were not written by Fouche, and that they are what therefore may be called fabrications, but they are certainly done by some one who had Fouche's confidence or his papers, for there are several passages in them of a secret nature, in which I myself happened to be concerned and which I know to be true. I won't at all answer for the whole book; but as far as my own knowledge goes, I find them tolerably correct, and am therefore disposed to give some degree of credit to the rest [...] my evidence can only apply to the short period of the Restoration [of French monarchy] in which I came into contact with him."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington      Print: Book


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