On Sunday, August 20, 1820, Napoleon put his papers in order…
Concerning this period Napoleon’s librarian, Ali, recalls: “It was around the middle of 1820 that the Emperor put in order and had several of his manuscripts copied, among which was that of the Egyptian campaign. This campaign, he worked on it with sufficient follow-through for the first two years. After a first dictation, which was given to the Grand Marshal and then to General Gourgaud, Marchand had put it in order: but this copy, with time, was so full of corrections, changes and transpositions that the Emperor gave it to me so that I could redo it with regularity. My work was finished, except for one or two chapters concerning the administration of Egypt, when the first symptoms of his illness appeared. He did not have time to review this or those chapters, which were entirely in the hand of the Grand Marshal.
I observe that all the Longwood manuscripts are all in my hand, except for a few of little importance or which would have had only an initial dictation.”