The life of Major-General James Wolfe: founded on original documents and illustrated by his correspondence, including numerous unpublished letters contributed from the family papers of noblemen and gentlemen, descendants of his companions
Chapman and Hall, 1864 - 626 pages
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Page 536 - The obstacles we have met with in the operations of the campaign are much greater than we had reason to expect or could foresee ; not so much from the number of the enemy (though superior to us) as from the natural strength of the country, which the Marquis of Montcalm seems wisely to depend upon.
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 549 - 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 190 - ... of conversation, the fear of becoming a mere ruffian, and of imbibing the tyrannical principles of an absolute commander or giving way insensibly to the temptations of power, till I become proud, insolent and intolerable, these considerations will make me wish to leave the regiment before the next winter, and always (if it could be so) after eight months...
Page ix - ... one in arms, And one in council — Wolfe upon the lap Of smiling Victory that moment won, And Chatham heart-sick of his country's shame ! They made us many soldiers. Chatham, still Consulting England's happiness at home, Secured it by an unforgiving frown, If any wrong'd her.
Page 90 - Wednesday the Duke gave two prizes to the soldiers to run heats for, on bare-backed galloways taken from the rebels; when eight started for the first, and ten for the second prize. These galloways are little larger than a good tup, and there was excellent sport. Yesterday his Royal Highness gave a fine holland smock to the soldiers...
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 396 - I went, notwithstanding what has happened; one may always pick up something useful from amongst the most fatal errors. T have found out that an Admiral should endeavour to run into an enemy's port immediately after he appears before it; that he should anchor the transport ships and frigates as close as he can to the land; that he should reconnoitre and observe it as quick as possible, and lose no time in getting the troops on shore...