Letters from Portugal and Spain: Comprising an Account of the Operations of the Armies Under Their Excellencies Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore ...

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Phillips, 1809 - 464 pages

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Page 22 - O woman ! in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light, quivering aspen made ; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou...
Page 348 - During the season of repose, liis time was devoted to the care and instruction of the officer and soldier ; in war, he courted service in every quarter of the globe. Regardless of personal considerations, he esteemed that to which his country called him the post of honour, and by his undaunted spirit, and unconquerable perseverance, .he pointed the way to victory.
Page 290 - ... he begs the officers and soldiers of the Army to attend diligently to discharge their parts, and to leave to him and to the General Officers the decision of measures which belong to them alone.
Page 50 - France shall have disembarked it in the harbours specified, or in any other of the ports of France to which stress of weather may force them, every facility shall be given them to return to England without delay ; and security against capture until their arrival in a friendly port. ART.
Page 107 - Bays ; but having sent an officer to reconnoitre it, by his report I was determined to prefer this place. I gave notice to the Admiral of my intention, and begged that the transports might be brought to Corunna. Had I found them here on my arrival, on the llth instant, the embarkation would easily have been effected, for I h.ad gained several marches on the French.
Page 107 - I am sorry to say, that the army, whose conduct I had such reason to extol on its march through Portugal, and on its arrival in Spain, has totally changed its character since it began to retreat. I can say nothing in its favour, but that when there was a prospect of fighting the enemy, the men were then orderly, and seemed pleased and determined to do their duty.
Page 112 - British troops was never more conspicuous, and must have exceeded •what even your own experience of that invaluable quality, so inherent in them, may have taught you to expect. When every one that had an opportunity seemed to vie in improving it, it is difficult for me, in making this report, to select particular instances for your approbation. The corps chiefly engaged were the brigades under Major-Generals Lord William Bentinck, and Manningham and Leith; and the brigade of Guards under MajorGeneral...
Page 106 - I was sensible, however, that the apathy and indifference of the Spaniards would never have been believed; that had the British been withdrawn, the loss of the cause would have been imputed to their retreat; and it was necessary to risk this army to convince the people of England, aa well as the rest of Europe, that the Spaniards had neither the power nor the inclination to make any efforts for themselves.
Page 110 - The troops, though not unacquainted with the irreparable loss they had sustained, were not dismayed, but, by the most determined bravery, not only repelled every attempt of the enemy to gain ground, but actually forced him to retire, although he bad brought up fresh troops in support of those originally engaged.
Page 113 - The greater part of the fleet having gone to sea yesterday evening, the whole being under weigh, and the corps, in the embarkation, necessarily much mixed on board, it is impossible, at present, to lay before you a return of our casualties.

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