The Diary of Sir John Moore, Volume 2

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Page 390 - ... that seemed to concentrate all feeling in their eyes. The sudden stop of the animal, a cream-coloured one with black tail and mane, had cast the latter streaming forward, its ears were pushed out like horns, while its eyes flashed fire, and it snorted loudly with expanded nostrils, expressing terror, astonishment, and muscular exertion. My first thought was, it will be away like thd wind ! but then I looked at the rider and the horse was forgotten.
Page 394 - The violence of the stroke threw him off his horse, on his back. Not a muscle of his face altered, nor did a sigh betray the least sensation of pain. I dismounted, and taking his hand, he pressed...
Page 249 - When Lord Castlereagh mentioned this circumstance to the cabinet, Mr. Canning could not help exclaiming, ' Good God ! and do you really mean to say that you allowed a man entertaining such feelings with regard to the expedition to go and assume the command of it...
Page 296 - Hannibal ; it was not the Macedonian army that reached the Indus, but Alexander; it was not the French army that carried the war to the Weser and the Inn, but Turenne ; it was not the Prussian army which, for seven years, defended Prussia against the three greatest Powers of Europe, but Frederick the Great.
Page 308 - I do not know what Sir Hew Dalrymple proposes to do, or is instructed to do ; but if I were in his situation I would have 20,000 men at Madrid in less than a month from this time.
Page 395 - Majesty's arms, when every operation of that campaign had proved so glorious for the character of the British army. If we had been obliged to quit Spain, we had left that country with fresh laurels blooming upon our brows: and whatever failure there had been upon the whole, he trusted might still be repaired.
Page 354 - Charmilly is your friend, it was, perhaps, natural for you to employ him ; but I have prejudices against all that class, and it is impossible for me to put any trust in him.
Page 34 - Sir Ralph Abercromby, who was mortally wounded in the action, and died on the 28th of March. I believe he was wounded early, but he concealed his situation from those about him, and continued in the field, giving his orders with that coolness and perspicuity which had ever marked his character, till long after the action was over, when he fainted through weakness and loss of blood.
Page 343 - Baird was a gallant, hard-headed, lion-hearted officer ; but he had no talent, no tact ; had strong prejudices against the natives ; and he was peculiarly disqualified from his manner, habits, &c., and it was supposed his temper, for the management of them.
Page 390 - The Imperial troops, on higher ground, hung over us like threatening clouds, and about one o'clock the storm burst. Our line was under arms, silent, motionless, yet all were anxious for the appearance of Sir John Moore. There was a feeling that under him we could not be- beaten, and this was so strong at all times as to be a great cause of discontent during the retreat wherever he was not. Where is the general...

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