The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K. G. During His Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France: India, 1794-1805

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Page 384 - No one probably felt more than the political heir of Gaius Gracchus and of Marius, how desirable in a military as well as in a political point of view it would have been to establish a series of Transalpine colonies as bases of support for the new rule and centres of the new civilization.
Page 532 - I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter which I have addressed to the Governor of Fort St.
Page 486 - I would sacrifice Gwalior or every frontier of India ten times over, in order to preserve our credit for scrupulous good faith, and the advantages and honour we gained by the late war and the peace; and we must not fritter them away in arguments drawn from overstrained principles of the laws of nations, which are not understood in this country.
Page 486 - ... and we must not fritter them away in arguments, drawn from overstrained principles of the laws of nations, which are not understood in this country. What brought me through many difficulties in the war, and the negotiations for peace ? The British good faith, and nothing else.
Page 187 - But as soon as there shall he no threats of the confederacy, either by the withdrawing of Scindiah, or from the success of the war, it is my opinion that we ought either entirely to new model the alliance, or to withdraw from it. You are well acquainted with my opinions on this subject. The greater experience I gain of Marhatta affairs, the more convinced I am that we have been mistaken entirely regarding the constitution of the Marhatta empire. In fact, the Peshwah never has had exclusive power...
Page 309 - Their infantry is the best I have ever seen in India, excepting our own, and they and their equipments far surpass Tippoo's. I assure you that their fire was so heavy, that I much doubted at one time, whether I should be able to prevail upon our troops to advance; and all agree that the battle was the fiercest that has ever been seen in India. Our troops behaved admirably : the sepoys astonished me.
Page 534 - When reduced to this necessity, he cannot venture to stop to plunder the country, and he does comparatively but little mischief; at all events, the subsistence of his army becomes difficult and precarious, the horsemen become dissatisfied, they perceive that their situation is hopeless, and they desert in numbers daily; the freebooter ends by having with him only a few adherents ; and he is reduced to such a state as to be liable to be taken by any small body of country horse, which are the fittest...
Page 448 - If you should not succeed, you ought not to give up your regiment or brigade here, without having a further provision. These are my opinions ; you will see how affairs stand when you get home, and can arrange accordingly. ' I am anxious, first, that the public should continue to enjoy the benefit of your services, in a country of which the climate may be more favorable to your health ; and next, that you should have the satisfaction of serving in a war which goes to the existence of Great Britain...
Page 561 - There is an awkwardness in a secret which enables observing men (of which description there are always plenty in an army) invariably to find it out ; and it may be depended upon that whenever the public business ought to be kept secret, it always suffers when it is exposed to public view.
Page 288 - I send you, however, some ammunition, together with one lac of pagodas. The convoy leaves camp this evening, to meet Captain Maitland's battalion, either at Rackisbaum or Moongy Puttun. ' Colebrook goes with it. I do not think that it will be necessary for you to be in a hurry to march upon this expedition. You had better wait till you are joined by your arrack and every thing you want. ' If you used your 18 pounders at Jalnapoor, you might be able to pick the shot out of the breached wall.

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