Gleanings of Past Years Volume 1

Gleanings of Past Years Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...and toilsome-work of administrative reform in the Army. It had, however, been fairly begun under his pupil, Lord Hardinge, alike an able administrator and an excellent man; and it was in course of prosecution when the Crimean War broke upon us. 29. The Prince could not but bring from Germany military conceptions which were, as to certain aims, much in advance of those current among ourselves; and at the epoch of the war, as well as before it, his active mind was turned to the consideration of our deficiencies. He laid his views before the Government of Lord Aberdeen in an able Memorandum (p. 185), which contains much important matter. He had, indeed, so early as in his letter of February 19, 1852, to the Duke of Wellington, suggested the invaluable system of reserves, which is still so feebly and inadequately worked. In other respects, however, his paper can hardly be said to move upon the lines of Army reformers generally, since it does not include any one of three points which with them were essential! namely, short service for the men, abolition of purchase for the officers, and the abandonment of the expense of garrison forces in colonies other than military posts. 30. We have already pointed out that the character of the Volume before us is historical quite as much as biographical, and we shall further notice in succession two or three points of interest on which it throws a light. The attachment of the Sovereign and her Consort to Sir Robert Peel, the Duke of Wellington, and Lord Aberdeen, led them to watch with interest the working of the Aberdeen Cabinet, in which the Peelites held no less than six offices, besides having four members of their small party in the most important positions outside the Cabinet. The six Cabinet Ministers were...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558219
  • 9781236558213