The Diary of Sir John Moore, Volume 1

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Page 79 - Give unto me, made lowly wise, The spirit of self-sacrifice; The confidence of reason give ; And in the light of truth thy Bondman let me live!
Page 400 - It is to be hoped that no time will be lost in constructing the Tounghoo-Mandalay line.
Page 283 - The very disgraceful frequency of courts-martial, and the many complaints of irregularities in the conduct of the troops in this kingdom, having too unfortunately proved the Army to be in a state of licentiousness which must render it formidable to every one but the enemy...
Page 23 - I never yet told Lord Hood," he wrote nearly a year later, "that after everything was fixed for the attack of Bastia, I had information given me of the enormous number of troops we had to oppose us; but my own honour, Lord Hood's honour, and the honour of our Country must have all been sacrificed, had I mentioned what I knew; therefore you will believe what must have been my feelings during the whole siege, when I had often proposals made to me by men, now rewarded, to write to Lord Hood to raise...
Page 33 - Dundas was a tall, spare man, crabbed and austere ; dry in his looks and demeanour. He had made his way from a poor condition (he told me himself that he walked from Edinburgh to London, to enter himself as a " Fireworker" in the Artillery) ; and there were peculiarities in his habits and style, which excited some ridicule amongst young officers.
Page 283 - That the very disgraceful frequency of courts martial, and the many complaints of irregularities in the conduct of the troops in that Kingdom, had too unfortunately proved the army to be in a state of licentiousness, which must render it formidable to every one but the enemy.
Page 367 - He is covered with stars, ribbons, and medals, more like the Prince of an Opera than the Conqueror of the Nile. It is really melancholy to see a brave and good man, who has deserved well of his country, cutting so pitiful a figure.
Page 283 - Regiments, that they exert themselves, and compel from all officers under t'heir command, the strictest and most unremitting attention to the discipline, good order and conduct of their men, such as may restore the high and distinguished reputation the British troops have been accustomed to enjoy in every part of the world.
Page 239 - Great attention should be paid in this country to the cleanliness and even neatness of the soldier's person, to the regularity of his diet, an addition to the eating part of the ration instead of rum, sea or river bathing, constant activity and movement. In short, General, excuse the pedantry of the expression, but with a Roman instead of a modern exercise and discipline the troops in the West Indies might, I am convinced, be kept healthy.
Page 13 - Our army was lax in its discipline, entirely without system, and very weak in numbers. Each Colonel of a regiment managed it according to his own notions, or neglected it altogether. There was no uniformity of drill or movement; professional pride was rare; professional knowledge still more so.

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