The Private Journal of F. Seymour Larpent ...: During the Peninsular War, from 1812 to Its Close, Volume 2

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Página 187 - Both men and officers are only fit for our old style of expedition, — a landing, a short march, and a good fight, and then a lounge home again. The men were yesterday all sore-footed with their march, but at church last Sunday, in their white linen pantaloons, they looked in high order ; and the appearance of the men, the care of their dress, their discipline and general good conduct, is admirable, when in quiet quarters here. I met young , an ensign in the Guards, yesterday, a son of Lord . He...
Página 221 - I think I never told you a little anecdote of our General Stewart, who is brave, and always gets his aide-de-camp, &c., into some bad blows, in consequence, if he does not get one himself. His people about him on the 13th were all touched, and he was nearly alone. An officer of the name of Egerton came up, and whilst there a shell burst between them ; Stewart said, " A shell, sir ! very animating ! " and then kept Egerton there talking on.
Página 286 - ... for we have no means of carrying it with us. At least the animals will thus all start with a belly full, which is something, and to many a novelty. I do not think much of the little Duke ; his figure and manners are by no means imposing, and his talents appear not very great. He seems affable and good-tempered, and though not seemingly a being to make a kingdom for himself, he may do very well to govern one when well established. Lord Wellington was in his manner droll towards them. As they went...
Página 47 - with the troops ; when I come myself, the soldiers think what they have to do the most important as 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.
Página 223 - Lord Wellington at dinner on Sunday directed some jokes at Major D., who makes out the returns, because he wanted to make a grand total of wounded, etc., after the late five days' fighting. He laughed, and said, all might go wrong from this innovation, but he was determined he would have no more grand totals until he got another Vittoria without more loss ; that the loss was always great enough, in all conscience, without displaying it in this ostentatious manner, and that he would not have every...
Página 79 - There was nothing but confusion in the two divisions here last night, (the light and fourth,) from the eagerness of the officers to volunteer, and the difficulty of determining who were to be refused and who allowed to go and run their heads into a hole in the wall, full of fire and danger ! Major Napier was here quite in misery, because, though he had volunteered first, Lieutenant-colonel Hunt of the 52nd, his superior officer, insisted on his right to go. The latter said that Napier had been in...
Página 6 - I understand he was always naturally fond of his pillow. He had rather ride like an express for ten or fifteen leagues, than be early and take time to his work. Upon the whole this may fatigue him less, as being a less time on horseback.
Página 210 - I think it very tiresome, and only rejoice that it is not the fashion here at headquarters. From Lord Wellington downwards, there is mighty little. Every one works hard, and does his business. The substance and not the form is attended to : in dress, and many other respects, I think almost too little so.
Página 249 - ... pilots in full hourly employment, bringing in vessels here or at Sacoa. The latter is full of masts and sails from Passages, Bilboa, Lisbon, or the West of England. The prices are still enormous, and of course the activity is the result. The French peasants are always on the road between this place and Bayonne, bringing in poultry, and smuggling out sugar in sacks on their heads.
Página 304 - Oh, work your guns in the sand until you can make new ones out of the pine-wood near Bayonne.

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