Captain Hall's Interview with Bonaparte [1/2]
Scientific Practitioners, Mathematics
Describes Basil Hall's attempts to see Napoleon on St Helena. Napoleon declines to see him until he learns that Hall is the son of James Hall, who spent some time at Brienne at the period when Napoleon was a student at the military college there. Napoleon remembers Hall's father as the first Englishman he ever met, and observes: 'he was fond of mathematics—he did not associate much with the younger part of the scholars, but rather with the priests and professors' (87).
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