Archive for the The Love Affair Category


A Tender Bond

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Elizabeth did not learn of the annulment right away and when she did hear the news it was not from Jerome or Napoleon, but from a newspaper report. She was so distressed by the news that she ceased going out. How could this have happened? Only a few months before […]

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Back to Baltimore

William Patterson by Thomas Sully, Bequest of Mrs. George Patterson, MdHS, 1883.1.1 By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager By September of 1805, Elizabeth had all but given up on hearing from her husband Jerome. Sad and missing her mother with whom she had a very strong bond, she set sail aboard the brig Mars and returned […]

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Abandoned!

Jerome Bonaparte, 1813, Engraving by T.L. Potrelle and M. Gaudin after a painting by Kinson, Collection of the Maryland Historical Society By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Jerome left Elizabeth in Lisbon, promising her that he would convince Napoleon to recognize the marriage. Shortly after his departure, Jerome wrote to Elizabeth saying, “Don’t cry because tears […]

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The Honeymoon Is Over

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager For several months after the wedding, Jerome’s advisors begged him to heed Napoleon’s orders and return to France. He refused, insisting that he would not leave without hearing directly from his brother. Finally in April 1804, still with no word from Napoleon, Jerome agreed return, but not without his new […]

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The Love Affair

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Many versions of how the young lovers met exist.  A diary entry by James Gallatin recounts a story told to him by Betsy, and later confirmed by her in a letter to another friend… She was invited to dine with an old Frenchman, the Marquis de Poléon [Louis Pascault]…All the […]

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