The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K. G. During His Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France: Peninsula, 1809-1813


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Side 284 - Lestrade, and I shall be very much obliged to you if you will let me hear of any fresh, developments of so singular a chain of events.
Side 127 - I had the honour to lend you the other night at play; and which I shall be much obliged to you if you will let me have some time either to-day or to-morrow. I am sir, Your most obedient, most humble servant, GEORGE TRENT.
Side 587 - Estremadura, about the 10th, notwithstanding the reports which had been previously raised, that he was busily occupied in strengthening Seville, and the approaches to that city, by works ; and that all his measures indicated an intention to remain on the defensive in Andalusia. ' I therefore set out on the following morning...
Side 393 - The circumstances were such as compelled me to attack this very superior force. In order as well to explain to your lordship the circumstances of peculiar disadvantage under which the action was begun, as to justify myself from the imputation of rashness in the attempt, I must state to your lordship, that the allied army, after a...
Side 576 - You will have heard of the marshal's action on the 16th : the fighting was desperate, and the loss of the British has been very severe; but, adverting to the nature of the contest, and the manner in which they held their ground against all the efforts the whole French army could make against them, notwithstanding all the losses which they had sustained, I think this action one of the most glorious and honourable to the character of the troops...
Side 204 - Officer who may come out in future, to settle all his business before he comes out, for that he will get no leave to go home. ' The inconvenience of their going is terrible, and the detail it throws upon me greater than I can well manage ; for I am first to instruct one, then a second, and afterwards, upon his return, the first again, upon every duty. At this moment we have seven General Officers gone or going home ; and, excepting myself, there is not one in the country who came out with the army,...
Side 395 - The left wing now advanced, firing ; a most determined charge, by the three companies of guards, and the 87th regiment, supported by all the remainder of the wing, decided the defeat of General Laval's division. " The eagle of the 8th regiment of light infantry, which suffered immensely, and a howitzer, rewarded this charge, and remained in. possession of Major Gough, of the 87th regiment.
Side 394 - On the march 1 received notice that the enemy had appeared in force on the plain, and was advancing towards the heights of Barrosa.
Side 559 - I am convinced that you will credit the assurance which I give you, that I condole with you most sincerely upon this misfortune, of the extent of which no man is more capable than myself of forming an estimate, from the knowledge which I had, and the just estimate which I had formed, in my own opinion, of the merits of your son. ' You will always regret and lament his loss, I am convinced; but I hope...
Side 155 - This would be a measure consistent with his former conduct in this contest, under the circumstances of my having unfortunately fallen in his opinion ; but this measure is entirely distinct from his refusal to concur in laying those burthens on the people, which are necessary to carry on and secure the objects of the war. It must be obvious to his Eminence, and to every person acquainted with the real situation of the affairs of Portugal, that, unless a great effort is made by the Government to render...

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