A Desperate Business: Wellington, the British Army and the by Ian Fletcher

By Ian Fletcher

This is often the tale of the Waterloo crusade from the viewpoint of the British military. Uniquely, it starts off with the break-up of Wellington's military on the finish of the Peninsular battle, maintains with the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, after which examines the struggling with that undefined, as Wellington's military driven directly to Paris

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In 1788, Boswell lent Barber money: some £20, only four years after Johnson had left his servant a sum of money which Boswell’s contemporaries deemed excessive generosity ‘to a Negroe’, whom to Boswell was ‘Good Mr. Francis’ (Corr, 2: 12n, 35, 127, 172n). Throughout his whole career, Boswell’s political sympathies often made the same analogy (Letters, 2: 338, 347; Sisman, 186), and he persistently ‘felt instant empathy with the helpless whom he recognized as any way kin with himself ’ (Applause, 1).

Boswell believed that Hume must be tortured by his own scepticism, though Hume always denied it. The need for the sceptic to think one way and act another (what postmodern relativist is not Platonic when it comes to their salary cheque), was used to attack Hume by Thomas Reid and other critics: here Boswell makes the same criticism, rhetorically disguised as a compliment—evidence, as we shall see later, that his prose is not so artlessly transparent as some might be tempted to believe, despite his popularity as ‘the pre-Freudian autobiographer who revealed everything in his mind, without restraint, concealment, or distortion’ (Sisman, 336).

Buchan was, in Bruce Lenman’s words, trying to make the Society ‘not only the custodian of an important national museum but also a general clearing house for a revitalized school of Scottish history’ (Lenman, 73–4; Catalogue, 2: 541) a project unlikely to appeal to the ‘progressive’ stadial thinkers of the Enlightenment. Marinell Ash pointed out in The Strange Death of Scottish History in 1980 how strong opposition was to the memorializing function of the Society of Antiquaries, its defence of the Scottish past and the right it claimed to continue to represent it (Ash, 34).

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