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A Narrative of the Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans.in the Years 1814 and 1815.

Gleig, George.

Published by John Murray, LONDON, 1826
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Three-Quarter Leather. Fine. Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Original marbled paper boards and leather corners, leather rebacked in period style, with original label applied. New pastedowns. Light scattered foxing, a little more concentrated at end pages. Text clean, pages crisp. Some wear at corners. In this classic work, Gleig reviews the successes and failures of the war and comes to an interesting conclusion about war and peace and those who make it all happen: ".in absolute monarchies, where war is more properly the pastime of kings, than the desire of subjects, non-combatants ought to be dealt with as humanely as possible. Not so, however, in States governed by popular assemblies. By compelling the constituents to experience the real hardships and miseries of warfare, you will soon compel the representatives to a vote of peace; and surely that line of conduct is, upon the whole, most humane, which puts the speediest period to the cruelties of war. There are few men who would not rather endure a raging fever for three days, than a slow and lingering disease for three months. So it is with a democracy at war. Burn their houses, plunder their property, block up their harbors, and destroy their shipping in a few places; and before you have time to proceed to the rest, you will be stopped by entreaties for peace. Whereas, if you do no mischief that can be avoided, if you only fight their fleets and armies wherever you meet them, and suffer the inhabitants to live in undisturbed tranquility, they will continue these hostilities till they have worn out the means of one party, and greatly weakened those of both." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000096

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Title: A Narrative of the Campaigns of the British ...

Publisher: John Murray, LONDON

Publication Date: 1826

Binding: 3/4 Leather

Book Condition:Fine

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