October 16 1815: Napoleon Lands on St. Helena

The admiral went on shore early for the purpose of visiting Long wood House, to see how far it would be able to accommodate our guests. He returned early to dinner, and made a favourable report of the situation of Longwood. Marechal Bertrand went on shore in the afternoon to arrange the lodging, but Bonaparte, at his own particular request, delayed disembarking until it was dark, to avoid the gaze of the inhabitants, who were crowded on the wharf to see a person who had heretofore kept nations in a state of warfare and dread for nearly twenty years. We landed about seven o’clock, and all the French party were lodged at the boarding-house taken for them at the lower end of the town.

— John Glover, secretary to Rear Admiral George Cockburn, on board HMS Northumberland, writes for October 16 1815.

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