Napoleon's letter to General Lapi

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Napoleon's letter to General Lapi upon leaving Elba
by Napoleon Bonaparte
As translated and published in Chapman and Hall's 1884 book A Selection from the Letters and Despatches of the First Napoleon by Denis Arthur Bingham
PORTO FERRAJO, 26th February, 1815.

I am leaving the island of Elba.

I have been extremely satisfied with the conduct of the inhabitants. I confide to them the safety of this country, to which I attach a great importance.

I cannot give them a greater mark of confidence than in leaving my mother and my sister in their care, after the departure of the troops.

The members of the Junta, and all the inhabitants of the island, may count upon my affection and upon my special protection.