The life of major-general James Wolfe, illustr. by his correspondence

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Page 575 - The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike th
Page 565 - I am so far recovered as to do business ; but my constitution is entirely ruined, without the consolation of having done any considerable service to the state, or without any prospect of it.
Page 539 - ... of the second royal American battalion, got first on shore. The grenadiers were ordered to form themselves into four distinct bodies, and to begin the attack, supported by brigadier Monckton's corps, as soon as the troops had passed the ford, and were at hand to assist. But whether from the noise and hurry at landing, or from some other cause, the grenadiers, instead of forming themselves as they were directed, ran on impetuously, towards the enemy's...
Page 548 - I am sensible of my own errors in the course of the campaign, see clearly wherein I have been deficient, and think a little more or less blame to a man that must necessarily be ruined, of little or no consequence. I take the blame of that unlucky day entirely upon my own shoulders, and I expect to suffer for it.
Page 547 - I found myself so ill, and am still so weak, that I begged the general officers to consult together for the public utility.
Page 232 - I was to bring in this bill, which was necessarily composed of law jargon and astronomical calculations, to both which I am an utter stranger. However, it was absolutely necessary to make the House of Lords think that I knew something of the matter, and also to make them believe that they knew something of it themselves, which they do not. For my own part, I could just as soon have talked Celtic or Sclavonian to them as astronomy, and they would...
Page 397 - ... that in war something must be allowed to chance and fortune, seeing it is in its nature hazardous, and an option of difficulties ; that the greatness of an object should come under consideration, opposed to the impediments that lie in the way...
Page 90 - Highness gave a fine holland smock to the soldiers wives, to be run for on these galloways, also bare-backed, and riding with their limbs on each side of the horse, like men. Eight started ; and there were three of the finest heats ever seen. The prize was won, with great difficulty, by one of the Old Buffs ladies. In the evening, General Hawley and Colonel Howard run a match for twenty guineas, on two of the above shalties; which General Hawley won by about four inches.
Page 397 - ... in particular circumstances and times, the loss of a thousand men is rather an advantage to a nation than otherwise, seeing that gallant attempts raise its reputation and make it respectable; whereas the contrary appearances sink the credit of a country, ruin the troops, and create infinite uneasiness and discontent at home.
Page 450 - Howe, and he was in fact its real chief; "the noblest Englishman that has appeared in my time, and the best soldier in the British army,

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