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knew the warm regard of the General towards the officers of his staff, made a private sign not to mention that Captain Burrard* was mortally wounded.) He then continued, 'I have made my will, and have remem'bered my servants. Colborne † has will, my and all my papers.' As he spoke these words, Major Colborne, his military secretary, entered the room. He addressed him with his wonted kindness; then, turning to Anderson, said, 'Remember you go to Wil
loughby Gordon, and tell him it is my re'quest, and that I expect he will give a Lieutenant-Colonelcy to Major Colborne ;— he has been long with me
-and I know
' him to be most worthy of it.'
He then asked the Major, who had come last from the field, Have the French been 'beaten?' He assured him they had on every point. 'It's a great satisfaction,' he said, for me to know that we have beat the
* A very promising officer, son of Sir Harry Burrard. Now Sir John Colborne, and Major General. Sir Willoughby Gordon, Secretary to the Duke of York, &c.
• French. Is Paget* in the room?' On being told he was not, he resumed, ‘Re'member me to him; he is a fine fellow.'
Though visibly sinking, he then said, 'I 'feel myself so strong-I fear I shall be 'long dying.—It's great uneasiness—it's great pain!'
Everything François says is right.'I have great confidence in him.' thanked the surgeons for their attendance. Then seeing Captains Percy † and Stanhope, two of his aides-de-camp, enter, he spoke to them kindly, and repeated to them the question, If all his aides-de-camp were 'safe;' and was pleased on being told they
After a pause, Stanhope caught his eye, and he said to him, 'Stanhope! remember me to your sister §.' He then became silent. Death, undreaded, approached; and the
*The Honourable Brigadier Paget, who commanded the reserve; since Sir Edward, and a Lieutenant-General.
The Honourable Captain Percy, son of the Earl of Beverley.
§ The Lady Hester Stanhope, niece to William Pitt.
spirit departed; leaving the bleeding body an oblation offered up to his country.
I have stated, with fidelity, the acts of Sir John Moore, compiled from authentic public and private papers, and from witnesses of strict veracity,-many of whom are still living. But I shall not venture to sum up the character of a brother whom I loved and honoured, as I should be suspected of exaggerating his virtues, and of palliating the failings which are inseparable from human nature.
I may, however, notice, that his familiar letters give clear testimony of the affectionate warmth of his heart; while the estimation in which he was held by the greatest and best men of the times in which he lived, together with the confidence they reposed in him, are proofs of their conviction of his innocence, fortitude, and judgment.
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* The concluding passage of the despatch to Government by Sir John Hope (afterwards the Earl of Hopetoun) is subjoined, because it expresses the opinion formed, at that time, by a General who witnessed, and was well qualified to appreciate, the conduct of the campaign:
To you, who are well acquainted with the excellent qualities of Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, I need not expatiate on the ' loss the army and his country have sustained by his death. His 'fall has deprived me of a valuable friend, to whom long experience ' of his worth had sincerely attached me. But it is chiefly on
the title of a man of genius; the statesman, who has caused the prosperity of his country, or who has greatly striven to avert impending calamities, acquires the fame of being highly gifted with that rare virtue prudence; so it can hardly be refused to the General of an army, who, in the midst of danger, deliberated calmly, resolved wisely, and acted intrepidly, that he was endowed with magnanimity *.
public grounds that I must lament the blow. It will be the con'solation of every one who loved or respected his manly character, that, after conducting the army through an arduous retreat with consummate firmness, he has terminated a career of distinguished 'honour by a death that has given the enemy additional reason to respect the name of a British soldier. Like the immortal Wolfe, he is snatched from his country at an early period of a life spent in her service; like Wolfe his last moments were gilded by the prospect of success, and cheered by the acclamations of victory; like Wolfe, also, his memory will for ever remain sacred in that country which he sincerely loved, and which he had so faithfully served.'-London Gaz. Extra. Jan. 24, 1809.