Napoleon Bonaparte's will (10)
24th of April, 1821, at Longwood.
is my third Codicil to my Will of the 15th of April.
Amongst the diamonds of the Crown which were delivered
up in 1814, there were some to the value of five or
six hundred thousand francs, not belonging to it but
which formed part of my private property; repossession
shall be obtained of them in order to discharge my
2. I had in the hands of the banker Torlonia, at Rome,
bills of exchange to the amount of two or three hundred
thousand francs the product of my revenues of the
Island of Elba since 1815. The Sieur De la Perruse,
although no longer my treasurer, and not invested
with any character, possessed himself of this sum.
He shall be compelled to refund it.
3. I bequeath the Duke of Istria three hundred thousand
francs of which only one hundred thousand francs shall
be reversible to his widow, should the Duke be dead
before payment of the legacy. It is my wish, should
there be no inconvenience in it, that the Duke may
marry Duroc's daughter.
I bequeath to the Duchess of Frioul, the daughter
of Duroc, two hundred thousand francs: should she
be dead before the payment of this legacy, none of
it shall be given to the mother.
I bequeath to General Rigaud, (to him who was proscribed
one hundred thousand francs.
I bequeath to Boisnod, the intendant commissary, one
hundred thousand francs.
I bequeath to the children of General Letort, who
was killed in the campaign of 1815, one hundred thousand
These eight hundred thousand francs of legacies shall
be considered as inserted at the end of Article thirty-six
of my testament, which will make the legacies I have
disposed of by will amount to the sum of six million
four hundred thousand francs, without including the
donations I have made by my second codicil.
This is written with my own hand, signed, and sealed
with my arms. (L. S.)
the outside is written:]
is my third codicil to my will, entirely written with
my own hand, signed, and sealed with my arms. To be
opened the same day, and immediately after the opening
of my will.