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[44] stories. Northern papers came back to the soldiers with these stories exaggerated. Because I would not divulge my ultimate plans to visitors they pronounced me idle, incompetent, and unfit to command men in an emergency, and clamoured for my removal. They were not to be satisfied, many of them, with my simple removal, but named who my successor should be. I took no steps to answer these complaints, but continued to do my duty, as I understood it, to the best of my ability.

Surely the Duke of Wellington would have read these Memoirs with pleasure. He might himself have issued, too, this order respecting behaviour to prisoners: “Instruct the commands to be quiet and orderly as these prisoners pass, and to make no offensive remark.” And this other, respecting behaviour in a conquered enemy's country: “Impress upon the men the importance of going through the State in an orderly manner, abstaining from. taking anything not absolutely necessary for their subsistence while travelling. They should try to create as favourable an impression as possible upon the people.”

But what even at this stage of the war is very striking, and of good augury for the re-union which followed, is the absence, in general, of

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