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ARMAND DE CAULAINCOURT, Marquis de Caulaincourt in his own right, Duke of Vicenza by creation of Napoleon, was born to the profession of arms. Napoleon s Master of Horse, his Ambassador to Russia, twice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Caulaincourt was one of the few in the Emperor s confidence. His notes throughout the Russian campaign and particularly during the fourteen days’ flight to Paris compose a vital portrait of the dictator. By day and by night Napoleon unburdened himself in one unceasing conversation. Here is what he said.