The wisdom of Wellington; or, Maxims of the Iron duke

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Page 32 - Alberche, which covered our left flank. " The position taken up by the troops at Talavera extended rather more than two miles : the ground was open upon the left, where the British army was stationed, and it was commanded by a height, on which was placed en echelon, as the second line, a division of infantry under the orders of Major-General Hill.
Page 45 - I assure you, my dear Lord, matters are not prospering here ; and I feel an earnest desire to quit the army. I have been too successful with this army ever to serve with it in a subordinate situation with satisfaction to the person who shall command it, and, of course, not to myself. However, I shall do whatever the Government may wish.
Page 143 - I enjoy here consist in the confidence that every body feels that I am doing what is right, which advantage I should not enjoy, for a time at least, in Germany. Many might be found to conduct matters as well as I can, both here and in Germany ; but nobody would enjoy the same advantage here, and I should be no better than another in Germany.
Page 111 - The discipline of every army, after a long and active campaign, becomes in some degree relaxed, and requires the utmost attention on the part of the general and other officers to bring it back to the state in which it ought to be for service...
Page 3 - PC, Constable of the Tower and of Dover Castle ; Warden, Chancellor, and Admiral of the Cinque Ports, Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and of the Tower Hamlets, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Commissioner of the Royal Military College and the Royal Military Asylum...
Page 24 - Their soldiers have plundered and murdered the peasantry at their pleasure ; and I have seen many persons hanging in the trees by the sides of the road, executed for no reason that I could learn, excepting that they have not been friendly to the French invasion and usurpation of the government of their country ; and the route of their column on their retreat could be traced by the smoke of the villages to which they set fire.
Page 143 - I have long entertained the highest opinion of Sir John Hope, in common, I believe, with the whole world, but every day's experience convinces me of his worth. We shall lose him, however, if he continues to expose himself in fire as he did in the last three days ; indeed his escape was then wonderful. His hat and coat were shot through in many places, besides the wound in his leg.
Page 113 - It is impossible to describe the state of confusion in which affairs are at Cadiz. The Cortes have formed a constitution very much on the principle that a painter paints a picture, viz., to be looked at...
Page 119 - Your glorious conduct is beyond all human praise, and far above my reward : I know no language the world affords, worthy to express it. I feel I have nothing left to say, but devoutly to offer up my prayers of gratitude to Providence, that it has, in its omnipotent bounty, blessed my country and myself with such a general. You have sent me, among the trophies of your unrivalled fame, the staff of a French marshal ; and I send you, in return, that of England.
Page 74 - ... prisoners. The difficulties which the enemy experience in procuring subsistence, owing to their having invaded this country without magazines, and having adopted no measures for the security of their rear, or of their communication with Spain, has rendered it necessary for the soldiers to straggle in search of food; and not a day passes that prisoners and deserters are not sent in.

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