The Quarterly Review Volume N . 129

The Quarterly Review Volume N . 129

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... Grey are both ardent admirers of the French Intendance Militaire. The Committee catching the enthusiasm of the ex-War Minister and ex-Secretary to the Treasury make every question asked, and every answer given, run in the same direction, and that too, in the face of the following declaration penned by Sir Charles Trevelyan himself: --The Duke of Wellington found our military administrative system, at the commencement of the Peninsular War, in a more imperfect state than now; but by a vigorous course of practical reform he raised its reputation so high that, on the restoration of peace, Baron Dupin was sent by the French Government to inquire into the arrangements which had proved to be so productive of military efficiency. Since that we have for more than one generation applied ourselves to the arts of peace, to the entire neglect of military science, and it has now become our turn to learn from the French.' From the French or from some other foreign Power we certainly must learn, if we be too proud to build up again what we ourselves destroyed with our own hands, wantonly pulling to pieces the machine which the great Duke with so much care, and at such an expense of labour and patience, had put together. We cannot, however, accept as candid or even honest the colouring which the Report gives to Sir Charles's declaration. It is not the fact that 'the tendency of the Duke's reforms was towards the model which the French afterwards adopted and reduced to system.' The Duke never lost sight, in his zeal for efficiency, of the nature of the Government which he served. The concentration in the same individual of the powers of spending and controlling expense may, perhaps, work well in an absolute monarchy. It is quite inconsistent with more

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  • English
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  • 9781236538512