The Private Journal of F. Seymour Larpent, Volume 1


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Página 109 - 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...
Página 86 - I really scarcely know where to turn, and my fingers are quite fatigued, as well as my brains, with the arrangements and difficulties as to witnesses, &c. I sent out seventeen letters yesterday, and to-day I have one case of thirteen prisoners who have been committing every sort of outrage on their march here. Lord Wellington is now much more easy with me, and seems to trust to me more.
Página 135 - The following is very delightful. 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...
Página 87 - He hunts almost every other day, 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.
Página 135 - But I was, from your conduct," said Lord Wellington. Upon which Craufurd observed,
Página 281 - When he had given the instructions, he saw a cherry-tree, and went up to break a bough off and eat the cherries. When Lord Wellington lost his way the other night in the fog (returning to head-quarters), Fitzclarence told Lord Wellington he was sure the road was so-and-so, as they had passed the place where they found the two Portuguese companies. ' How do you know that,' quoth Lord Wellington, ' By that cherry-tree, which I was up just afterwards,
Página 110 - Aylmer came in to him, whilst he was shaving, to tell him " the French were all off, and the last cavalry mounting to be gone;" the consequence of "which movement relieved him entirely, gave him Almeida, and preserved Portugal He only took the razor off for one moment, and said : " Ay, I thought they meant to be off ; very well," and then another shave, just as before, and not another word till he was dressed.
Página xvi - ... mark of royal favour upon one who has rendered such signal service to practical navigators. " His Majesty desires, therefore, that you will attend at the levee, either on the 21st or 28th of this month ; on which occasion his Majesty proposes to confer upon you publicly the honour of knighthood. " I have the honour to be, dear sir, " Your obedient and faithful servant,
Página 112 - I take it in the army that the officers in the lower branches of the staff are sharp-set, hungry, and anxious to get on, and make the most of everything, and have a view even in their civilities. I have tried not to notice much that I could not help seeing, and which gave me a moderate opinion of the profession, which has not the independence to be seen in all the most respectable at the bar. There is much obsequious, time-serving conduct to any one who is in office, or is thought to have a word...
Página 116 - Lord Wellington was the most active man of the party ; he prides himself on this ; but yet I hear from those about him that he is a little broken down by it. He stayed at business at Frenada until half-past three, and then rode full seventeen miles to Rodrigo in two hours to dinner, dressed in all his orders, &c., was in high glee, danced himself, stayed...

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