The Private Journal of F. Seymour Larpent: During the Peninsular War, from 1812 to Its Close, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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R. Bentley, 1853 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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Page 282 - he had several of the advantages possessed by Bonaparte, in regard to his freedom of action and power of risking, without being constantly called to account : Bonaparte was quite free from all inquiry, and that he himself was in fact very much so. The other advantages which Bonaparte possessed, and of which he made so much use," Lord Wellington said, " was his full latitude of lying ; that, if so disposed," he said,
Page 83 - Aylmer,' says Mr Larpent in his Journal, ' gave me two striking instances of Lord Wellington's coolness : one, when in a fog in the morning, as he was pursuing the French, he found a division of our men, under Sir William Erskine, much exposed in advance, and nearly separated from the rest of the army, and the French in a village within a mile of where he was standing. He could see nothing. But, on some prisoners being brought in, and being asked what French division, and how many men were in the...
Page 103 - On one occasion, near Guinaldo, he remained across a river by himself ; that is, with his own division only, nearly a whole day after he was called in by Lord Wellington. He said he knew that he could defend his position. Lord Wellington, when he came back, only said, " I am glad to see you safe, Craufurd." To which the latter replied, "Oh, I was in no danger, I assure you.
Page 63 - Yesterday I was pleased when he said, " If your friends knew what was going on here, they would think you had no sinecure. And how do you suppose I was plagued when I had to do it nearly all myself? " He seemed to feel relieved, and of course I could not but feel gratified. I can assure you, however, that we have none of us much idle time. Dr. M'Gregor has seven hundred medical men to look after. The QuarterMaster-general, all the arrangement...
Page 281 - He 17 seems to have had a great opinion of him, but scarcely ever mentioned him to me. In truth, I think Lord Wellington has an active, busy mind, always looking to the future, and is so used to lose a useful man, that as soon as gone he seldom thinks more of him. He would be always...
Page 103 - It is characteristic both of poor Craufurd and the Duke. " I have heard a number of anecdotes of General Craufurd. He was very clever and knowing in his profession all admit, and led on his division on the day of his death in the most gallant style ; but Lord Wellington never knew what he would do. . . . On one occasion he remained across a river by himself —that is, only with his own division, nearly a whole day after he was called in by Lord Wellington. He said he knew he could defend his position....
Page 64 - Lord Wellington reads and looks into everything. He hunts every other day almost, and then makes up for it by great diligence and instant decision on the intermediate days. He works until about four o'clock ; and then, for an hour or two, parades, with any one whom he wants to talk to, up and down the little square of Frenada (amidst all the chattering Portuguese) in his grey great-coat.
Page 281 - When I come myself, the soldiers think what they have to do the most important since I am there, and that all will depend on their exertions. Of course, these are increased in proportion, and they will do for me what perhaps no one else can make them do.
Page 320 - Gazan as far as may have been in his power, as soon as he will have known that to your humanity, in the first instance, he owed the safety of his wife. • In former wars a person in your situation would have been considered a non-combatant, and would have been immediately released ; but in this war, which, on account of the violence of enmity...
Page 83 - Another time, soon after the battle of Fuentes d'Onore, and when we were waiting in our position near them to risk an attack...