Passages from My Life: Together with Memoir of the Campaign of 1813 and 1814

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Page 269 - When the Duke of Wellington declares himself against the execution of Bonaparte, he thinks and acts in the matter as a Briton. Great Britain is under weightier obligations to no mortal man than to this very villain ; for by the occurrences whereof he is the author, her greatness, prosperity and wealth, have attained their present elevation.
Page 226 - ... which point of the circumference his force was to radiate. But the Duke, forsooth, was at a ball. He might as well be at a ball as in bed ; but even the ball entered into his calculations. General Muffling, the Prussian officer attached to his staff, tells us, in his recently published Memoirs, that ' towards midnight the Duke entered my room, and said, " I have got news from MODS, from General Dornberg, who reports [that the French were coming by Charleroi], &c.
Page 225 - If all is as General Ziethen supposes, I will concentrate on my left wing, and so be in readiness to fight in conjunction with the Prussian army. Should, however, a portion of the enemy's force come by Mons, I must concentrate more towards my centre. This is the reason why I must wait for positive news from Mons before I fix the rendezvous. Since, however, it is certain that the troops must march, though it is uncertain upon what precise spot they must march, I will order all to be...
Page 247 - I therefore,' continued the Duke, ' wish my friend and colleague to see this matter in the light I do : such an act would give our names to history stained by a crime, and posterity would say of us, they were not worthy to be his conquerors ; the more so, as such a deed is useless, and can have no object.
Page 237 - Duke after the battle had begun, about the strength and weakness of his line of battle;" and goes on to state, " not fearing for his centre and left wing, I considered his right wing the weakest point, and Hougoumont, in particular, I deemed untenable in a serious assault by the enemy. This the Duke disputed, as he had • put the old chateau in a state of defence, and caused the long garden-wall towards the field of battle to be crenellated; and he added, ' I have thrown Macdonell* into it/ an officer...
Page 246 - Napoleon into his power; the delivering up of Napoleon was the invariable condition stipulated by him in every conference with the French Commissioners sent to treat for peace or an armistice. I received from him instructions to inform the Duke of Wellington, that as the Congress of Vienna VOL.
Page 268 - I am directed by the Field-Marshal to request your Excellency to communicate to the Duke of Wellington, that it had been his intention to execute Bonaparte on the spot where the Due D'Enghien was shot; that out of deference, however, to the Duke's wishes, he will abstain from this measure, but that the Duke must take on himself the responsibility of its non-enforcement.
Page 245 - Do not press me on this point, for I tell you it won't do. If you were better acquainted with the English army, its composition and habits, you would say the same. I cannot separate from my tents and my supplies. My troops must be well kept and well supplied in camp, if order and discipline are to be maintained. It is better that I should arrive two days later in Paris, than that discipline should be relaxed.
Page 208 - India, and his transactions with the deceitful nabobs, this distinguished general had so accustomed himself to duplicity, that he had at last become such a master in the art, as even to outwit the nabobs themselves.
Page 247 - ... of the Viennese declaration of outlawry, which was never meant to incite to the assassination of Napoleon. He therefore did not think that they could acquire from this act any right to order Napoleon to be shot, should they succeed in making him a prisoner of war. But be this as it may, as far as his own position and that of the Field-Marshal with respect to Napoleon were concerned, it appeared to him that, since the battle they had won, they were become much too conspicuous personages to justify...

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