Recollections of a Rifleman's Wife

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 92 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1851. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 174 CHAPTER IX. A CHAPTER OF LESS PEACEFUL "RECOLLECTIONS." "Spain's realms appear, whereon her shepherds tend Flocks, whose rich fleece right well the vendor knows: Now must the pastor's arm Ms lambs defend, For Spain is compassed by unyielding foes; And all must shield their all, Or share subjection's woes."--Childe Harold, Canto I. And now, once more in England, before we again exchange the cold skies of the north for the softer influences of a southern sun, it may not be irrelevant, in these "Eecollections of a Rifleman's Wife," to add a few words connected with the services of that regiment, and some anecdotes which have not before appeared in print; though I should have little hope of communicating the interest with which I have listened to these details, from those who were eye-witnesses or actors in the scenes described, to my readers, if it were not my intention to insert some letters from the venerable friend mentioned in the first chapter, the late Chief Justice Day, which are as remarkable for the beauty and perspicuity of the style, as they are for the prophetic spirit in which they were written. Fortunate were those who, during the course of the long and arduous campaign of the Peninsular war, formed part of the advanced line of the army in Spain. The intuitive sagacity of the Duke, then Lord Wellington, was not the least prominent feature among his rare and distinguished qualities, and he saw at a glance, among those who were immediately brought under his notice, "what stuff" they were made of. Those who joined as volunteers, and who showed themselves active and energetic, were sure to be early recommended for the vacant commissions; and if, instead of idly lounging away in unprofitable indolence the few spare hours which military duties afforded, ...

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