The private journal of F.S. Larpent, ed. by sir G. Larpent

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1853
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Page 41 - March, 1814), and found him limp a little, and he said he was in rather more pain than usual, but it was nothing. At dinner yesterday, he said he was laughing at General Alava having had a knock, and telling him it was all nonsense, and that he was not hurt, when he received this blow, and a worse one, in the same place himself. Alava said it was to punish him for laughing at him.
Page 6 - In one instance, Lord Wellington is not like Frederick the Great. He is remarkably neat, and most particular in his dress, considering his situation. He is well made, knows it, and is willing to set off to the best what nature has bestowed. In short, like every great man, present or past, almost without exception, lie is vain.
Page 138 - Espagna ! Liberador de Portugal ! Le Liberateur de la France ! Le Liberateur de I'Europe ! And this was followed, not by a regular three times three, but a cheering all in confusion for nearly ten WELLINGTON AT THE THEATRE. 139 minutes ! Lord Wellington bowed, confused, and immediately called for coffee. He must have been not a little gratified with what had passed.
Page 293 - ... paragraph has nothing to say to the question of Sir John Murray's guilt or innocence of the two charges, though it has to that brought against him by the Admiral. The Court has, of course, a right to judge of my meaning by the words in which it is conveyed, in whatever manner I may now explain it or you may explain it for me, as the obvious meaning of those words was to be the guide of Sir John Murray's conduct. I must add also, that whatever care I may have taken, it is not improbable that in...
Page 5 - Wellington's great secrecy, though the general result, assisted by his genius, has been so good. The scaling could not take place without ladders ; Lord Wellington was informed of this. " Well," says he, " you have brought up your ammunition and stores, never mind the waggons, cut them all up directly, they will make excellent ladders — there you see, each side piece is already cut.
Page 293 - I may now explain it or you may explain it for me, as the obvious meaning of those words was to be the guide of Sir John Murray's, conduct I must add also, that whatever care I may have taken, it is not improbable that in drawing an Instruction for the operations of so many corps, all with separate Commanders-in-Chief, I may not in every instance have made use of the language which should convey the meaning I had in my mind.
Page 7 - In short, like every great man, present or past, almost without exception, he is vain. He cuts the skirts of his own coats shorter, to make them look smarter : and only a short time since I found him discussing the cut of his half-boots, and suggesting alterations to his servant, when I went in upon business. The vanity of great men shows itself in different ways, but I believe always exists in some shape or other.

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