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hospitality of the people

Napoleon writes in 1815 to the Prince Regent, four weeks after the battle of Waterloo, enquiring about the possibility of retirement in Britain:

'Your Royal Highness, A prey to the factions which divide my country and to the enmity of the greatest powers of Europe, I have ended my political career. I come now to throw myself upon the hospitality of the British people. I place myself under the protection of British law, which I claim from Your Royal Highness as the most powerful, the most constant and the most generous of my enemies. Napoleon.'

Quoted Encyclopaedia Britannica 1972, xvi, page 8

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