From the Low Countries to Egypt

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Smith, Elder, & Company, 1900 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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Page 32 - We must not count with certainty on a continuance of our present prosperity during such an interval ; but unquestionably there never was a time in the history of this country, when, from the situation of Europe, we might more reasonably expect fifteen years of peace, than we may at the present moment.
Page iv - I return you many thanks for the honour you have done me; but Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example.
Page 226 - ... they did their best to maintain a right discipline. They enjoined proper returns of watch, and strict obedience to command; they prohibited the introduction of spirits in the ships, and the rambling of the sailors on shore. One rule may perhaps remind the reader of the fable of the Lion's Den: "No woman shall be permitted to go on shore from any ship, but as many may come in as please.
Page 179 - Much as I shall rejoice to see England, I lament our present orders in sackcloth and ashes, so dishonourable to the dignity of England, whose fleets are equal to meet the world in arms...
Page 298 - I ought not," said the Admiral, writing to his wife — " I ought not to call what has happened to the Vanguard by the cold name of accident : I believe firmly it was the Almighty's goodness, to check my consummate vanity. I hope it has made me a better officer, as I feel confident it has made me a better man.
Page 18 - Prussia was unknown ; and, in order that he might rob a neighbour whom he had promised to defend, black men fought on the coast of Cdromandel, and red men scalped each other by the great lakes of North America.
Page 215 - Lordships will be so kind as to look into this affair, which is nowise unreasonable; and that we may be looked upon as a number of men standing in defence of our country; and that we may in somewise have grant and opportunity to taste the sweets of liberty on shore, when in any harbour, and when we have completed the duty of our ship, after our return from sea...
Page 276 - Soldiers ! you are naked, ill-fed — much is due to us : there is nothing to pay us with. The patience and courage you have shewn in the midst of these rocks are admirable — but they win you no glory. I come to lead you into the most fertile plains in the world : rich provinces, great cities, will be in your power. There you will have wealth, honour, and glory. Soldiers of Italy, can your courage fail ?" These words were addressed to his troops on the 29th of March.
Page 24 - They shake the public security; they menace private enjoyment. They dwarf the growth of the young; they break the quiet of the old. If we travel, they stop our way. They infest us in town; they pursue us to the country. Our business is interrupted; our repose is troubled; our pleasures are saddened; our very studies are poisoned and perverted, and knowledge is rendered worse than ignorance, by the enormous evils of this dreadful...

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