Peterborough

Peterborough

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...had a prior right to obedience over those which he said he was aware Charles had given, to the effect that Leake was to convey the troops to Barcelona instead of Valencia. By the middle of April it was known in England that he had ordered Leake to land the soldiers at Altea, and thence sail to fight Toulouse at Barcelona, and no doubt was felt at home of his authority so to direct Leake's movements. Gorges, Peterborough's lieutenant in Valencia, himself, on the night of April 29th, carried on board the flagship orders from the general that H the troops should be landed, part in Valencia and the rest at Tortosa. By other letters received together by Leake on May 7th, the admiral was directed to land the mass of the troops at Vinaroz or Tarragona, reserving a thousand for Barcelona, the motive being that the fleet should not be encumbered in a fight by the presence of superfluous soldiers and transports. Leake, with the warships, was entreated to hurry forwards. The destiny of Spain, he was warned, depended upon the arrival of thirty of her Majesty's ships before the taking of Barcelona. Peterborough was the more fretted, and Leake may have. been the less disposed to act with sharp promptitude, that the Austrian Court, as he knew, was giving dissimilar orders to the admiral. It was constantly calling for the immediate conveyance of every man of the reinforcements to the besieged city. On May 7th in particular Leake received from Charles an importunate prayer not to linger, or to disembark the troops elsewhere, "as some persons may pretend to direct you, for they can be nowhere so necessary as in this town, which is on the very point of being lost for want of relief." It has been alleged recently that Leake complied with the request of...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572432
  • 9781236572431