Emile OLLIVIER (1825-1913). Minister under Napoleon III
Autograph letter signed with initials to his dear friend. Pollone, November 2, 1872. 4 pp, in-8 octavo, mistakes and corrections, slightly wrinkled. In French.
Very fine political letter from former minister of Napoleon III letter, delivering his critical reflections on Thiers’s attitude, before the attempt to restore the French monarchy; What I think of the message? That Mr. Thiers is a great politician, he exceeds Talleyrand, he became definitely worthy to sit with the future Machiavelli, and like Borgia as inspiration for others (without comparison). He knows that the Orléans are also outdated and as impossible as Chambord, that all the world is outdated and antiquated and ridiculed. He knows that France is and will remain democratic (...) And he turns his back to the royalists (...). He knows that parliamentarism is finished that those who invented it, now that France did govern by hereditary, or not, dictatorships, with intermissions from Jacquerie and Saturnalia; and after we have taught parliamentarism for 40 years, he told Raca, and I'm not sure the he does dream about plebiscite (...). He manipulates his oath from Bordeaux and he screams in his shrill voice, to the beloved bourgeois: Long live conservative Republic! And peat responds: Long live Thiers! Erect statues! (...) Gambetta laughs and prepares the roster of his ministers, prefects, (...) and meditates on the choice of the general who will be responsible for shooting and deport his people while he screams his round for Long live the conservative Republic, amongst the two centers together at last! I'd rather admire it from afar than up close and I can not be aware the sublimity of the Mr. Thier’s Conservative Republic; I stay in my corner to chat with those who attended the same shows (...). My book gained all possible success during these troubled times when one does not care about the art and beauty, and the fire wife fire of seven editions in 8 days (...).
Ollivier welcomes in this respect articles by Henri Ideville and Count of Pontmartin. Following his remarks on the course of politics and the direction of the political regime, citing the minister’s first steps for the Emperor; Conservative Republic, means wanting to keep our roles and our fortunes; Radical Republic, we want to take those of others. And yet he must love the poor (...). Neither conservative Republicans nor the radical Republicans deserve praise. The Emperor obtained it. His devotion to the suffering classes has not been a way to rule but a deep feeling. Furthermore, Minister, I went into his office the same day he had learned about Rochefort’s appointment. A personal insult for the people of Paris. He was very affected. But a moment later, he told me with his penetrating sweetness: "I will not take on ministers who do not like the people. "Poor man! What agony from August 6 to September 2! How did he not touch the fiercest (...). He concluded by calling Napoleon a man with heart, comparing him to the great men who made the history of France.
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