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The Military Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 1809-1816

By James Archibald Hope

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The paintings now submitted to the general public, includes an account of the Author's Campaigns in the course of the so much memorable interval of the overdue French wars. It pretends to no eminence as a literary composition; however the writer trusts, that it'll now not be came upon short of in accuracy of element, as to evidence falling below his personal observe. He trusts that nobody who opens it in desire of being amused, will close it disenchanted; and he essentially hopes that the junior individuals of his personal occupation will locate in it anything that can end up beneficial to them once they are referred to as upon to undergo hardships—to come upon dangers—and to accomplish tasks just like these recorded within the following pages

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Frightened to acquire a prepared sale for his or her wares, the lively gents have been often now not over scrupulous in soliciting the favours in their international acquaintances. On drawing close to the place Colonel Cameron of the 92nd regiment used to be status giving orders to his battalion, one of many retailers, with a truly huge bottle less than his arm, roared out, "Aquerdente, Senhores, Aquerdente," and was once simply on the brink of repeating the dose within the Colonel's ears, while the latter gave the "big belly'd bottle" one of these whack, that during an fast it was once flying during the air in 1000 items. On perceiving the destiny of his ally, the bad itinerant bounded ahead like an antelope, and after throwing down a dozen or in his growth, fled with the rate of lightning, lest his head should still proportion the destiny of his bottle, and his brains, like his brandy, be made to sprinkle the pavement of Toledo, by means of the talismanic wand of the Highland leader. bankruptcy XIII. Aranjuez, even though no longer city, is prettily positioned in a gorgeous valley, watered via the Tagus, which, coming into it at the east, winds via it in the direction of Toledo, receiving in its path numerous tributaries, the main enormous of that's the Jacamah, which joins the Tagus a bit less than the city. Honoured, in advance of the French invasion, with the presence of the courtroom for a couple of months each season, Aranjuez quite possesses a better measure of neatness and regularity in its streets and constructions, than is the other the place to be met with within the Peninsula. The important streets are large, and at standard distances lower at correct angles through others of much less significance. during this appreciate it a great deal resembles the recent city of Edinburgh,—but the following the resemblance ceases, for compared to the princely flats within the sleek Athens, the structures in Aranjuez are yet homes in miniature. The critical construction in fact is the royal place of dwelling, which stands at a bit distance from the decrease a part of town, and shut to the left financial institution of the Tagus. it's a commodious, and really good-looking constitution, yet on the time we have been there it had a really sombre visual appeal, the palace being empty, and each factor round it being in a kingdom of the best confusion. an afternoon or when we arrived at Aranjuez, some of us proceeded to the palace to get a peep at its furnishings and inside elaborations. On difficult admission, we have been refused, and had simply became on our heels to come the best way we went, after we espied Sir Rowland Hill, along with his employees, bearing down upon the palace on the same errand. Having tacked ourselves to the skirts of Sir Row land's coat, we got admittance, and had the dignity of accompanying him via each nook of the palace. Sir Rowland being followed through one of many servants dwelling within the palace, we have been shewn a few curiosities, and obtained a couple of details concerning the behavior of a few of its former inmates, necessary of being saved in remembrance. On arriving on the queen's bed room, we have been all struck with astonishment on the suggest and wretched visual appeal of the condo, which the advisor staring at, he instantly started to clarify the motives which led her majesty to choose it instead of many others extra helpful of royalty, yet had no longer proceeded past or 3 sen tences, sooner than Sir Rowland Hill shewed himself so disgusted with the recital, that he darted from the condominium, it sounds as if worried to flee as quickly; as attainable from so tainted and pestiferous an environment : and to people who be aware of something of that amiable General's deepest personality, this may now not excite shock, for via existence, he has now not been much less special for his nice ethical worthy and piety, than for his unconquerable braveness within the box of conflict.

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