The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington: During His Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France, from 1799 to 1818, Volume 3

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Correspondance de Wellington, Volume III -1835- novembre 1803 juillet 1804

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Page 534 - I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter which I have addressed to the Governor of Fort St.
Page 488 - 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 488 - ... 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 191 - 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 313 - 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 536 - 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 65 - to partake the benefits of the defensive alliance', the 'improved system' which by the Treaty of Bassein now included their nominal master. Next, Colonel Wellesley, under no illusions — ' there can be no doubt but that the establishment of our influence at Poonah will be highly disagreeable to the majority of the Mahratta chiefs, and that it will interfere materially with the interests of some and the objects of ambition of all...
Page 450 - 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 563 - 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 496 - In this instance I have no doubt but that Carribul and Manygee were both guilty of the murder. Accordingly I request that they may be hanged ; and let the cause of their punishment be published in the bazaar by beat of tom-tom, or in any other mode by which it may be supposed that it will be rendered more public. ' The patel of Batculgaum, in the usual style of a Marhatta patel, keeps a band of plunderers for his own profit and advantage.

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