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The Campaign of Waterloo: The Classic Account of Napoleon’s Last Battles

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Attributing their misconduct entirely to rude handling May, on the part of the Prussians, and engaging to answer for their fidelity if subjected to the Duke. In the course of the month the English battalions promised to Wellington commenced to cross the Channel in driblets, and he be an to chafe at the delay in opening the campaign. #e had fairly good intelligence of the strength of the enemy from Clarke, Napoleon's late Minister of War, who was now with Lewis the Eighteenth at Ghent ; and he was satisfied that the British and Prussians could not move until the main body of the Allies should come up ; but none the less he had an uneasy feeling that every day gained by Napoleon was to the advantage of the enemy.

Early in the afternoon General Dornberg wrote to headquarters that, according to the latest accounts, there were one hundred thousand men between Naubeuge and Philippeville ; and Hardinge at ten o'clock of the same night announced that at the Prussian headquarters a French attack was expected, and that some preliminary orders had been given tending towards the concentration of the Prussian army to meet it. Nevertheless the Allied armies both of Wellington and Bliicher remained in their original cantonments, which, as shall now be shown, were of dangerous extension.

45, 69. 1 8 1 5. I 5th April ; THE CAMPAIGN OF WATERLOO 51 the subsidies to hungry and impecunious powers, I 8 I 5. whose representatives vied with each other in Aprilparading the sacrifices and poverty of their nations. May. Everything was thrown upon him ; and, as holder in some degree of the English purse-strings, he was treated by his German colleagues of all professions, Bliicher perhaps excepted, with a kind of jealous servility. It was no easy course that was given him to steer ; and indeed his functions during this campaign, as in the Peninsula, were perhaps even more diplomatic than military.

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