“These conflicts which arise in your heart do not astonish me…”

The following letter was written by Eugène de Beauharnais, adopted son of Napoleon (and therefore Murat’s nephew by marriage) to Murat in the days following Murat’s treaty with the Allies, as Murat continued to stall at, and agonize over, the prospect of taking up arms against his own countrymen at the Allies’ behest.

Source: The Romance of Prince Eugène: An Idyll Under Napoleon, Albert Pulitzer, London (E. Arnold), 1895, pg 70.

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