I much enjoyed the feature on Napoleon and St Helena by Christopher Danziger (Oxford Today, Trinity 2015, p. 47). May I, however, respectfully point out a small error.

It is not true that General Bertrand ‘was the only one of the so-called evangelists left on the island’ when Napoleon died. General Charles Jean Tristan de Montholon, who lived in Longwood House with Napoleon (Bertrand and his family lived separately nearby), also remained until the bitter end. As principal executor of Napoleon’s will he was probably even closer to him than Bertrand during the final days. He published his own memoirs on return to Europe after Napoleon’s death.

Sir Brian Unwin KCB

Author of Terrible Exile: The Last Days of Napoleon on St Helena