Annals of the Peninsular Campaigns: From MDCCCVIII to MDCCCXIV.


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Seite 180 - When I shall show myself beyond" the Pyrenees, the frightened leopard will fly to the ocean, to avoid shame, defeat, and death. The triumph of my arms will be the triumph of the genius of good, over that of evil; of moderation, order, and morality, over civil war, anarchy, and the bad passions.
Seite 65 - I hope the People of England will be satisfied! - I hope my Country will do me justice! Anderson, - you will see my friends as soon as you can. - Tell them, every thing - Say to my mother.
Seite 214 - I cannot persuade myself that Lord Wellington will risk the loss of his reputation by giving battle ; but if he does, I have him ! Tomorrow we shall effect the conquest of Portugal, — and in a few days I shall drown the Leopard !" The head-quarters of Lord Wellington were fixed in the Convent of La Trappe, which crowns the Serra.
Seite 72 - Franca) and Astorga is remarkably good, although mountainous ; and, with the sea open to us, we should be able to receive with facility such reinforcements and supplies as the British Government might deem it proper to send.
Seite 63 - It is as well as it is. I had rather it should go out of the field with me ;" and in that manner, so becoming to a soldier, Moore was borne from the fight.
Seite 14 - Lisbon ; cover a country where there is a British interest ; act as a diversion in favour of Spain, if the French detach a force against me ; and am ready to return to the assistance of the Spaniards, should circumstances again render it eligible.
Seite 13 - Arms, placed at the disposal of men swayed by petty views and local interests, were wasted and misapplied; and the supplies of money, clothing, and ammunition, so liberally afforded, became a bone of contention and of petty jealousy to the rival authorities. In truth, the provincial governors were actuated by no liberal and enlarged views of the public benefit. Supine in danger, and vain-glorious in prosperity, at once untalented and unenlightened, no men could be more unfitted to direct the resources...
Seite 37 - I am unwilling to enlarge upon a subject in which my feelings must be CHAP. stifled, or expressed at the risk of offence, which, with such an interest at stake, I should feel unwilling to excite, but this much I must say, that if the British army had been sent abroad for the express purpose of doing the utmost possible mischief to the Spanish cause, with the single exception of not firing a shot against their troops, they would, according to the measures now announced as about to be pursued, have...
Seite 57 - Here positive exhaustion compelled a halt ; and the men lay on the open ground for several hours, exposed to the continual action of a heavy rain. But even this brief interval was not granted to undisturbed repose. A cry arose, from time to time, that the enemy were advancing; and, at each alarm, the troops were ordered to fall in. Such an intermission was little calculated to refresh the worn strength of the soldiers ; and, towards evening, when they again resumed their march, little benefit was...
Seite 66 - No coffin could be procured, and the officers of his staff wrapped the body, dressed as it was, in a military cloak and blankets. The interment was hastened : for about eight in the morning some firing was heard, and the officers feared that if a serious attack were made, they should be ordered away, and not suffered to pay...

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