On Friday 22nd September 1820, the fears of Napoleon’s escape remain. Lord Bathurst, British Minister of War, sent the following dispatch to Sir Hudson Lowe: “You will receive a dispatch from me respecting the probability of General Bonaparte attempting an escape. You are liberty to show it in extreme to the Admiral. Indeed I have written it in a great measure for that purpose, as it will enable you to take a review with him of all the different ways by which Bonaparte may attempt his escape & the best means therefore of preventing. I am strongly impressed with the Idea that very much depends upon the Navy. I have not the Honour of being acquainted with the Admiral; but it is possible he may feel a greater security than the present crises may admit & this Instruction will enable you to excite his attention without exposing you to the Imputation of being unnecessarily alarmed.”

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