Excerpt from My Memoirs
Amid the throng of Memoirs of the Second Empire there would appear to be little room for yet another to find place. Every phase of the period, both personal and political, has already been so fully discussed and dealt with, that there remain few events, and fewer anecdotes, that have not been garnered into the literary granaries. But I judge that the present volume offers especial claims to attention in the circumstance that it is the autobiography of an actual member of the Imperial family, who lived and moved among the activities and gaieties of the Court of Napoleon III, and who enjoyed unexampled opportunities of observation at first hand.
Princess Caroline had not thought of writing her memoirs until I suggested to her that her intimate souvenirs would be interesting to English readers. We were sitting together at her fireside one winter evening. She was in a reminiscent mood. She spoke of her childhood in America, of her girlish joy when, the ban of exile being removed by the fall of Louis Philippe, her family were permitted to return to France.
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