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I should not do justice to my own feelings, or to Marshal Blucher and the Prussian army, if I did not attribute the successful result of this arduous day to the cordial and timely assistance I received from them.
The operation of General Bulow upon the enemy's flank, was a decisive one; and even if I had not found myself in a situation to make the attack, which produced the final result, it would have forced the enemy to retire ; if his attacks should have failed, and would have prevented him from taking advantage of them, if they should have unfortunately succeeded.
I send with this despatch two eagles taken by the troops in this action, which Major Percy will have the honour of laying at the feet of his Royal Highness.
I beg leave to recommend him to your lordship's protection.
I have the honour to be, &c.
(Signed) WELLINGTON. P. S. Since writing the above, I have received a report that Major-General Sir William Ponsonby is killed ; and, in announcing this intelligence to your lordship, I have to add the expression of my grief for the fate of an officer, who had already rendered very brilliant and important services, and was an ornament to his profession.
WILLIAM MILNER, PRINTER, CHLAPSIDE, HALIFAX