Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal in 1832, Under the Orders of His Imperial Majesty Dom Pedro, Duke of Braganza Volume 2

Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal in 1832, Under the Orders of His Imperial Majesty Dom Pedro, Duke of Braganza Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... circumstance, too, served to increase the gratification of the ministry no less than of Dom Pedro, at the new arrival; but I am sorry to say, somewhat at the expense of their old supporters. These gentlemen, (the newcomers, ) together with Sir John Milley Doyle, consented to serve gratuitously, or at least what appeared tantamount to it, viz. for Portuguese pay, that is, twelve milreas, or about two pounds eight shillings British, a month. Men of property, or allied to wealthy families, could afford to exhibit a generosity so disinterested; but those whose only means of maintaining the appearance of gentlemen was the pay attached to their rank, could hardly divest themselves of their support. This generosity, however, of " the cavalry""" and the " Major-General" created no very pleasant feeling between the two services. For my own part, I determined to maintain the interests of my officers, and to insist upon their regular payment as usual, through the Commissary-General of the Fleet: and, by so acting, I conceive I contributed more to uphold the national character, and the honourable reputation of British oflicers, than if I had assented to their being placed in such a situation as would have compelled them to contract debts, or be guilty of any meannesses unbecoming gentlemen. Soon after the accession of this cavalry force, our numbers were augmented to about seven hundred and fifty British, by the landing of Lieutenant-Colonel Williams with the troops that had been serving with the squadron under Admiral Sartorius, and which the Admiral was enabled to dispense with, in consequence of the crippled state of the enemy's fleet in the Tagus. The French force was about five hundred strong. The foreign...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955188
  • 9781236955180