16643

INCLUDES INFORMATION FROM PENINSULA WAR

BOULTBEE, William

An interesting autograph letter written to James Nisbett, merchant of London and Ships Chandler, partly about business and supply of sheep, but with an interesting comment on a conversation he had with a soldier who told him of the cowardice of Spanish soldiers in the Peninsular War.

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Folio, 3 pages, 80 lines, approx. 60 words, holograph, integral address page with postmarks.

£225.00

SKU: 16643

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Boultbee comments that when he was at Lord BridgewaterÂ’s he met a fellow who had commanded a regiment in Spain, so he examined him. He heard that in the action mentioned (where?) the French outnumbered the English 3 to 1, had superior artillery and better ground, so Wellesley considered it foolish to challenge. He said that the Spanish officers were traitors and the soldiers cowards, who ran away at the approach of danger and even tore off their clothes so they could run faster.