The words of Wellington; Collected from his despatches, letters, and speeches, with anecdotes, etc

9781236231338: The words of Wellington; Collected from his despatches, letters, and speeches, with anecdotes, etc

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...moderate, that is, if they will prevent plunder by their troops, and take only what is necessary for their own security, we may hope for permanent peace. But I confess that I am a little afraid of them. They are all behaving exceedingly ill. (To the Right Hon. Sir H. Wellesley, G.C.B. Paris, 19th July, 1815.) The Battle or Waterloo. The battle of Waterloo was certainly the hardest fought that has been for many years, I believe, and has placed in the power of the allies the most important results. We are throwing them away, however, by the infamous conduct of some of us; and I am sorry to add that our own Government also are taking up a little too much of the tone of their rascally newspapers. They are shifting their objects; and having got their cake they want both to eat it and keep it. (To Marshal Lord Beresford, O.C.B. Paris, 7th Aug. 1815.) Histoby or A Battle Compared To That or A Ball. I have received your letter of the 2nd, regarding the battle of Waterloo. The object which you propose to yourself is very difficult of attainment, and if really attained is not a little invidious. The history of a battle is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost; but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. Then the faults or the misbehaviour of some gave occasion for the distinction of others, and perhaps were the cause of material losses; and you cannot write a true history of a battle without including the faults and misbehaviour of a part at least of those engaged. Believe me, that every man you see in a military uniform is not a hero; and that, although...

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