On the way to Torbay July 17 1815

Wardroom“During the 17th and 18th of July, the weather was very fine, and nothing of note occurred” So wrote Captain Fred Maitland. “During meals, he always entered very freely and familiarly into conversation with those about him …. asking many questions about the manners, customs, and laws of the English; often repeating … that he must gain all the information possible on these subjects, and conform himself to them, as he should probably end his life among that people.”

In A Set of Lies, as the Bellerophon sailed northwards, these were the only days Bernard Lacey had to persuade the man he called ‘General’ of the need for cooperation. If Maitland’s reports of Napoleon’s conversation are to be trusted it appears that Lacey was being successful.