Daru sentence example
Daru, in his history of Venice, mentions fourteen between the years 1207 and 1365, the most important being that of 1361-1364, - a revolt not of the natives against the rule of their Venetian masters, but of the Venetian colonists against the republic. But with all its defects their administration did much to promote the material prosperity of the country, and to encourage commerce and industry; and it is probable that the island was more prosperous than at any subsequent time.
He shares with Daru the honour of being the hardest worker and most devoted supporter in Napoleon's service; but it has generally been considered that he carried devotion to the length of servility, and thus often compromised the real interests of France.
The accession of Napoleon Bonaparte to power in November 1 799 led to the employment of Daru as chief commissary to the Army of Reserve intended for North Italy, and commanded nominally by Berthier, but really by the First Consul.
Daru now returned, for a time, mainly to civil life, and entered the tribunate, where he ably maintained the principles of democratic liberty.
At the congress of Erfurt, Daru had the privilege of being present at the interview between Goethe and Napoleon, and interposed tactful references to the works of the great poet.Advertisement
Daru fulfilled his usual duties in the campaign of 1809 against Austria.
Afterwards, when the subject of the divorce of Josephine and the choice of a Russian or of an Austrian princess came to be discussed, Daru, on being consulted by Napoleon, is said boldly to have counselled his marriage with a French lady; and Napoleon, who admired his frankness and honesty, took the reply in good part.
After the first abdication of Napoleon in 1814, Daru retired into private life, but aided Napoleon during the Hundred Days.
Few men of the Napoleonic empire have been more generally admired and respected than Daru.
At another time Napoleon said, "Daru is good on all sides; he has good judgment, a good intellect, a great power for work, and a body and mind of iron."Advertisement
Of Daru's literary works may be mentioned his Histoire de Venise, published at Paris in 7 vols.
For the many letters of Napoleon to Daru see the Correspondance de Napoleon Pr (32 vols., Paris, 1858-1870).
It was afterwards asserted that, on Napoleon's resolve to turn the army of England against Austria, Daru had set down at the emperor's dictation all the details of the campaign which culminated at Ulm.
See the "Notice" by Viennet prefixed to the fourth edition of Daru's Histoire de la re'publique de Venise (9 vols., 1853), and three articles by Sainte-Beuve in Causeries du lundi, vol.