February 1 1815: Wellington Arrives in Vienna

On the evening of 1 February [1815] Wellington’s carriage trundled into Vienna and stopped at the door of Stewart’s embassy, where the Duke took up his quarters. ‘All necessary measures have already been taken for his surveillance,’ noted one of Hager’s spies the next morning, adding that Stewart had transferred his affections to the actress Seraphine Lambert, whom he had been visiting at night. Hager’s sources and Viennese gossips also noted that the Duke had brought with him a Parisian dancer [ note: she was known as an opera singer] by the name of Mademoiselle Grassini. The Duke’s arrival was welcomed by many who believed that he would prove more decisive than Castlereagh, and that his soldierly energy might finally move things on to some kind of conclusion.”

Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna by Adam Zamoyski

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