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NAPOLEON'S CAPTIVES.

de Chimie, and in 1803 he was awarded the Copley-medal of the Royal Society. He married in 1812 the Comtesse de Ronault, and remained in France till his death in 1830. Anne Plumptre, daughter of a Huntingdonshire clergyman, and a friend of Mrs. Opie, protested that from 1801 to 1805 she was as free as in England, and when desirous of leaving obtained a passport with ease. Quintin Crauford, Talleyrand's whist player, Helen Williams, the printer Stone, and other permanent residents, were also undisturbed. Lewis Goldsmith, not yet acting as Thersites to the French Ajax, was in Paris till 1809, first as editor of the Argus and then as interpreter to the tribunals, though he represents himself as having been long anxious to obtain a passport. Goldsmith, however, was rather a refugee than a captive.

So also was Robert Watson, who had a singular history. Nephew of a Leith doctor, he was secretary to Lord George Gordon, is said to have been implicated in his riots, and became his biographer. In 1796 he was arrested for conspiracy, was two years in Newgate, and was then liberated. A reward of £400, however, was offered for his re-apprehension, and he escaped to France. In October 1798 the Moniteur announced the arrival at Nancy of "Lord Walson (sic), ecossais libre." He went on to Paris and issued an address to the British people, advocating a general rising and the reception