A Narrative of the Campaign of the British Armny in Spain; Commanded by His Excellency Sir John Moore

A Narrative of the Campaign of the British Armny in Spain; Commanded by His Excellency Sir John Moore

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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. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...no intelligence but by official reports? Mr. Frere was certainly not a person to be depended upon for information; for this letter, wliich only hints darkly at the capitulation of Madrid, reached the General on the 22nd of December; whereas an explicit account of the surrender of Madrid had been conveyed to Paris, and thence to London, and was printed in the English newspapers three days sooner. But it would be doing injustice to Mr. Frere to assert that his letter gives no intelligence; since he informs Sir John Moore that the force of the French is much reduced; and that no estimate he has heard of their numbers at Madrid exceeds 26,000 men; he consequently is desirous that the General should rely upon this intelligence; yet he owns, that the Junta are on their way to Seville--a measure of which he very much approves. What! after all the boasted enthusiasm of the Spanish nation, does Mr. Frere approve of the Supreme Junta flying to the extremity of the Peninsula from the dread of 26,000 Frenchmen? If there had been no greater number the Junta need have taken no alarm, though not a Spaniard had been in arms: for 25,000 British were now advancing into the heart of Spain. Vide Appendix, U. p. 65. Buonaparte's intelligence is somewhat different. He declares, in his 20th bulletin, that he reviewed his army on the 18th of December at Madrid, which consisted of 60,000 men, with 150 pieces of artillery: and this was independent of two large corps under the Dukes of Bellune and Dantzic, at Toledo and Talavera; and others in the neighbourhood. The account of the review, we believe, was no exaggeration. It was confirmed by the prisoners who were afterwards taken by the British; and the terror inspired by such forces forms a sufficient excuse for the...show more

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