April 17th.—Spent the forenoon in the Hall, without interest. The Court rose early, and I walked homewards with Burrell. He is a zealous anti-Buonapartist, and on high principles. It is a pleasure to talk with so noble-minded a man. He observed that Buonaparte, if sincere, could not possibly remain a friend to peace. Like Satan, when peace was restored, ease would lead him to recant “vows made in pain, as violent and void.” It is contrary to human nature that such a mind could ever rest in tranquillity.
— Henry Crabb Robinson writes in his diary for April 17 1815.