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Página 290 - I had the honour to lend you the other night at play; and which I shall be much obliged to you if you will let me have some time either to-day or to-morrow. I am sir, Your most obedient, most humble servant, GEORGE TRENT.
Página 67 - ARTHUR WELLESLEY. Lieut. General the Hon. Sir A. Wellesley, KB, to the Right Hon. JH Frere. ' SIR, ' Talavera de la Reyna, 31st July, 1809. ' I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter which I have received from Don Martin de Garay, upon which I request of you to convey to him the following observations.
Página 108 - I am much afraid, from what I have seen of the proceedings of the Central Junta, that in the distribution of their forces, they do not consider military defence and military operations, so much as they do political intrigue, and the attainment of trifling political objects.
Página 85 - Nothing can be worse than the officers of the Spanish army ; and it is extraordinary that when a nation has devoted itself to war, as this nation has by the measures it has adopted in the last two years, so little progress has been made in any one branch of the military profession by any individual.' . . . . ' I cannot say that they do anything as it ought to be done, with the exception of running away and assembling again in a state of nature.
Página 426 - I will neither endeavour to shift from my own shoulders on those of ministers the responsibility for the failure, by calling for means which I know they cannot give, and which, perhaps, would not add materially to the facility of attaining our object; nor will I give to the ministers...
Página 85 - TOO yards from the place where I was standing,) who were neither attacked, nor threatened with an attack, and who were frightened only by the noise of their own fire...
Página 256 - The forage given to the horses was picked up for them by their riders, wherever they could find it, and was generally wheat or rye, which are considered unwholesome food ; and the consequence was, that, exclusive of the loss by engaging with the enemy, the army lost in the short period of five weeks not less than 1500 horses.
Página 89 - However, I have not entirely made up my mind upon this interesting point. I have a great deal of information upon it, but I should wish to have more before I can decide upon it. In the mean time, I think that Government should look to sending back at least the coppered transports, as soon as the grand expedition shall have done with them ; and as they receive positive intelligence that Napoleon is reinforcing his armies in Spain : for you may depend upon it, that he and his Marshals must be desirous...
Página 373 - ... with the government of Portugal to secure its aid and assistance. It will be right to consider with the Portuguese officers and engineers what points may be immediately strengthened and are most defensible, and what use you can make of the troops with you to support me in my defence of the frontiers, and I shall be glad to hear from you upon this subject. I cannot yet determine the line I shall take up, but generally it will be Almeida, Guarda, Belmonte, Baracal, Celorico, Viseu.