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Memoirs of the Prince de Talleyrand

by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (prince de Bénévent)

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MEMOIRS

OF THE

PRINCE DE TALLEYRAND

EDITED, WITH A PREFACE AND NOTES, BY

THE DUG DE BROGLIE

OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY

TRANSLATED BV

Mrs. ANGUS HALL

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

THE HONORABLE WHITELAW REID

AMERICAN MtNISTKR IN PARIS

VOLUME V (COMPLETING THE WORK)

WITH PORTRAITS

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

NEW YORK LONDON

WBST TWENTY-THIRD STHKET 14 BEDFORD STREET, STRAND

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1892

PREFACE BY THE EDITOR.

THE fifth and last volume of Prince de Talleyrand's Memoirs concludes the publication which his testamentary executors had bequeathed to their representatives. The Editors have completed the task which they undertook, by depositing with the Director of the Bibliothtque Nationale, the MS. volumes of which the text now printed is the exact reproduction. It will thus be easy to ascertain, that the trust which they have received has not suffered any alteration or abridgment whatever.

It is true, that the collection thus placed before the public, not being an autograph, but a copy, certified by the testamentary executors, such authentication can only serve to testify to the scrupulous good faith of the Editors, and would not of itself, in the absence of other testimony, be sufficient to put an end to the controversy which has been raised as to the character of th« Memoirs themselves. Happily the discussion to which this controversy has given rise, has already sufficed to dispel all doubts.

The question of the authenticity of Talleyrand's Memoirs has been thrashed out by the Press, and their originality has been established beyond doubt, by eminent critics and judges, whose authority can hardly be disputed. M. Sorel in the Temps, M. Chuquet in the Revue Critique, M. Sustane Monod and M. Farge in the Revue Historique, have pronounced for it with the weight derived from their comparative study of all documents connected with contemporaneous history, and in support of the same decision, M. Pierre Bertrand has brought forward, in the Revue Encycloptdique, curious details respecting the style of Prince de Talleyrand's composition, which he has been able to gather from many of the Prince's inedited letters, published by him.

If, therefore, I now revive a subject which may seem exhausted, it is not with the view of adding anything to such conclusive testimony, but simply to offer its reproduction and r&umt to those readers, who, not having followed the phases of the controversy, desire to ascertain the true value of the entire work now placed in their hands.

A few words will suffice to recall the points on which the dispute was maintained, and the exact limit to which it was confined. No attempt has been made to compare Talleyrand's Memoirs with those apocryphal compositions which abound in our literature, veritable historic romances, compiled from all kinds of documents by professional writers and then issued under the name of such and such celebrated personage. The undoubted origin of the documents, and the evidences of superior ability visible in certain portions, do not permit such a supposition. It has only been sought to prove that the original text has been revised and mutilated, and not made public until it had undergone alterations which render it unrecognisable, and in order to justify this, it is asserted, that there have been found either omissions, which appear to be the effect of abridgments made by a strange hand after the work was completed, or a confusion of facts and names, which could not have escaped the author's notice, as they would have been the introduction of errors with respect to events with which he was personally connected, or with regard to contemporaries, friends, or adversaries whom he had personally known. The absence of an autograph manuscript would then account for the intention of those who transcribed it, to remove traces of the modifications which they did not hesitate to introduce.


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