Captain Crockat of the 20th Regiment arrived at the Admiralty on Wednesday, with dispatches from St. Helena announcing this important event. Following are the details.
Santa Elena, May 7
Buonaparte died on May 5 at 6 in the afternoon, after a six-week illness; the last fortnight is only considered dangerous. The body has been opened and the disease has been found to be stomach cancer, with extensive ulceration. He has been lying in the state since yesterday afternoon, the admiral, the governor and the department heads first saw the body. During the first four weeks of his illness, he did not assume any very dangerous aspects, although he himself seemed to be aware that it would end fatally.
But during the last fortnight it was evident to all the medical assistants that he could not recover. It is said that he gave instructions on his affairs and papers up to five or six hours before he died, having retained his senses until that period, he said he wished to be open, so that his son could be informed of the nature of his illness. The body was opened by his own surgeon.
We believe that he left a will which, along with his other papers, has, of course, been or will be transmitted to this country. A character trait manifested itself in his last moments, which marks the “strong dominant passion in death”. When he found his final approach, they dressed him, at his own request, in his quarterback uniform, with boots and spurs, and placed him on a folding bed, in which he used to sleep when he was healthy, and preferred to sleep. every other. With this dress it is said to have expired. His assistants wanted his body transported to Europe; but on opening his will, it was found that he had left a request to be buried on the island, and pointed out the place where he wished his remains to rest, in a beautiful valley near his residence.
Although Buonaparte is supposed to have suffered greatly, his dissolution was so calm and serene that not a sigh escaped him, nor any hint to passersby that he was so close. When the Garza left, no date had been set for the funeral, but it was understood that he would be solemnized with the military honors due to his rank.