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"There is Scott's life, which is not entirely a success. His ink was too precious to be shed in such a venture." --Through the Magic Door, pg. 196 Read full review
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Page 415 - I should always be able to reconcile my personal affections with the interests of my new country. My heart cherished the hope that it might identify itself with the sentiments of this people, at the same time...
Page 93 - English," was a common phrase among them when conversing with the officers of sir John Moore's army ; " we thank them for their goodwill, and we shall escort them through France to Calais ; the journey will be pleasanter than a long voyage, we shall not give them the trouble of fighting the French, but will be pleased at having them spectators of our victories.
Page 65 - In the first moment of irritation, Murat ordered all the prisoners to be tried by a military commission, which condemned them to death ; but the municipality interfering, represented to that prince the extreme cruelty of visiting this angry ebullition of an injured and insulted people with such severity ; whereupon, admitting the weight of their arguments, he forbade any executions on the sentence. Yet it...
Page 162 - Being brought to his lodgings, the surgeons examined his wound, but there was no hope; the pain increased and he spoke with great difficulty. At intervals he asked if the French were beaten, and, addressing his old friend, Colonel Anderson, he said, "You know that I always wished to die this way.
Page 179 - The example prevailed, the wall was surmounted, and the combat was continued or renewed in the streets of the town, which was speedily on fire. A body of French, rushing to charge a body of Austrians, which still occupied one end of a burning street, were interrupted by some waggons belonging to the enemy's train. " They are tumbrils of powder," cried the Austrian commanding, to the French ; " if the flames reach them, both sides perish.
Page 162 - In a few minutes afterwards he died, and his corpse, wrapped in a military cloak, was interred by the officers of his staff in the citadel of Corunna. The guns of the enemy paid his funeral honours, and Soult, with a noble feeling of respect for his valour, raised a monument to his memory on the field of battle.
Page 411 - I suppose that calumny alone has been the cause of it In the new situation in which Fortune has placed me, I should doubtless be more exposed to it than ever, were I not fortunate enough to find a defender in your Majesty's own heart.
Page 157 - that I wished to draw the attention of the government to this important branch of the service, which is but little understood in this country. The evils of which I complained are probably to be attributed to the nature of our political situation, which prevents us from undertaking great military operations, in which the subsistence of armies becomes a subject of serious consideration and difficulty, and these evils consisted in the inexperience of almost every individual belonging to the commissariat,...