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December 9 1812: Napoleon not Dead


On December 9 1812, in St Petersburg, John Quincy Adams writes  the following diary entry
9th. The news of the Emperor Napoleon's being killed is not authenticated; that of his having effected his escape becomes more credited; though, if true, his situation must still be extremely perilous, and almost desperate. The disappointment here at the belief of his escape is very great, and has given rise to various rumors, that one, and even two of the Russian armies have been defeated; of which there is probably no foundation. 

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