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THE DISPATCHES

OF

FIELD MARSHAL THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,

DURING HIS VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS

FROM

1799 to 1818.

“ Monumentum ære perennius."

THE DISPATCHES

OF

FIELD MARSHAL

THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,

DURING HIS VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS

IN

INDIA, DENMARK, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, THE LOW

COUNTRIES, AND FRANCE,

FROM

1799 TO 1818.

COMPILED FROM OFFICIAL AND AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS,

BY

LIEUT. COLONEL GURWOOD,

ESQUIRE TO HIS GRACE AS KNIGHT OF THE BATH.

VOLUME THE EIGHTH.

A NEW EDITION.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

MDCCCXxxvu.

LONDON : PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS,

Stamford Street.

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To Lieut. General Sir Brent Spencer, K.B. MY DEAR SPENCER, Quinta de Granicha, 11th June, 1811. • I have received your letter of the 9th June.

I do not exactly understand what orders have been given to General Pack, and in what manner affairs are situated at Almeida.

• My memorandum to you of the 15th May was founded on a supposition that it might be necessary for you to retire from the frontier, and I expressed a particular anxiety“ that that place (Almeida) should not be abandoned till it should be necessary."

• My letter to you of the 1st instant was founded on a supposition that the enemy were about to move through the mountains towards the Tagus; and, after having requested you to make a corresponding movement, I requested that General Pack's brigade might remain at Almeida, and in the neighborhood, till relieved by the militia.

I did not think it probable that, if you should make the movement to the south directed by my letter of the 1st instant, there could exist any necessity for abandoning and destroying Almeida, and I did not advert to it in that letter. But it appears by your letter of the 8th instant,

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