History of the Peninsular War, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1827
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Page 803 - ... a situation of unexampled embarrassment, and put an end to a state of affairs, ill calculated, he fears, to sustain the interests of the united kingdom in this awful and perilous crisis, and most difficult to be reconciled to the genuine principles of the British constitution.
Page 571 - Regent has reposed in his Majesty, and by the co-operation of the local government, and of the people of that country. The expulsion of the French from Portugal, by his Majesty's forces under...
Page 804 - Highness effectually to maintain the great and important interest of the united kingdom. And Mr Perceval humbly trusts, that whatever doubts your Royal Highness may entertain with respect to the constitutional propriety of the measures which have been adopted, your royal highness will feel assured^ that they could not have been recommended by his majesty's servants, nor sanctioned by parliament, but upon the sincere, though possibly erroneous conviction, that they in no degree trenched upon the true...
Page 560 - When I shall show myself beyond" the Pyrenees, the frightened leopard will fly to the ocean, to avoid shame, defeat, and death. The triumph of my arms will be the triumph of the genius of good, over that of evil; of moderation, order, and morality, over civil war, anarchy, and the bad passions.
Page 429 - ... was obliged to retire on the mountains on our left, leaving open the main road, along which a considerable column of cavalry immediately poured. The battalion of Seville had been left at Bejar, with orders to follow me next day, but when I was obliged to return, and the action commenced, I ordered it to Puerto Bands, to watch the Monte Major road and the heights in the rear of our left.
Page 550 - Rhone, but they escaped him that night, because the wind blew directly on shore. The next morning he- renewed the Oct. 25. chase, and drove two of them, one of 80 guns, the other of 74-, on shore, off Frontegnan, where they were set fire to by their own crews ; the other ship of the line and one frigate ran on shore at the entrance of the...
Page 803 - Perceval can see nothing but additional motives for their most anxious exertions to give satisfaction to your Royal Highness in the only manner in which it can be given, by endeavouring to promote your Royal Highness's views for the security .and happiness of the country. Mr. Perceval...
Page 430 - ... how to deal with the Spaniards. He then sent soldiers to every house, with orders to the inhabitants immediately to receive and accommodate the wounded of the two nations, who were lodged together — one English and one Frenchman ; and he expressly directed that the Englishman should always be served first.
Page 642 - ... Portugal, considered with respect to its geographical advantages, was capable of being effectually defended. He was not afraid, however, to assert, that against a power possessing the whole means of Spain, as he must suppose the French to do at this moment, Portugal, so far from being the most defensible, was the least defensible of any country in Europe. It had the longest line of frontier, compared with its actual extent, of any other nation ; besides, from its narrowness, its line of defence...
Page 451 - I do not conceive that this deficiency of supplies for the army is at all to be attributed to any neglect or omission on his part. It is to be attributed to the poverty and exhausted state of the country; to the inactivity of the magistrates and people ; to their disinclination to take any trouble, except that of packing up their property and running away when they hear of the approach of a French patrole ; and to their habits of insubordination and disobedience of, and to the want of power in, the...

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