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Page 214 - My boast is not, that I deduce my birth From loins enthroned and rulers of the earth; But higher far my proud pretensions rise — The son of parents passed into the skies!
Page 210 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me; because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me : and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Page 51 - I have had the honour of receiving your letter of the 8th inst.
Page 79 - I have long been of opinion that a British army could bear neither success nor failure, and I have had manifest proofs of the truth of this opinion in the first of its branches in the recent conduct of the soldiers of this army. They have plundered the country most terribly.
Page 34 - St. George and Bombay, which I had served, placed unlimited confidence in me, and I had received from both strong and repeated marks of their approbation. Before I quitted the Mysore country. I arranged the plan for taking possession of the ceded districts, which was done...
Page 160 - Upon the whole, therefore, I have determined to take my passage in one of the ships to sail from Madras, at the end of this month ; and as I have been so fortunate hitherto as to view every thing in the same light with the Governor General, I think that I am not mistaken in this decision. I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned...
Page 74 - Paget, on the opposite side of the river. They then commenced an attack upon them with a large body of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, under the command of Marshal Soult, which that corps most gallantly sustained, till supported, successively, by the 48th and 66th Regiments, belonging to...
Page 102 - I beg to draw your Lordship's attention to the frequent paragraphs in the English newspapers, describing the position, the numbers, the objects and the means of attaining them, possessed by the armies in Spain and Portugal. ' In some instances, the English newspapers have accurately stated, not only the regiments occupying a position, but the number of men fit for duty of which each regiment was composed ; and this intelligence must have reached the enemy at the same time it did me, at a moment at...
Page 27 - The details of this painful, but indispensable measure, cannot be entrusted to any person more likely to combine every office of humanity with the prudential precautions required by the occasion, than Colonel Wellesley ; and I therefore commit to his discretion, activity, and humanity, the whole arrangement, subject always to such suggestions as may be offered by the other members of the Commission.
Page 135 - The Commander of the Forces has already determined that some Officers, so grossly negligent of their duty, shall be sent to England, that their names may be brought under the attention of the Prince Regent, and that His Royal Highness may give such directions respecting them as he may think proper; as the Commander of the Forces is determined not to command Officers who will not obey his orders.

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