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The Proceedings upon the Inquiry, relative to the Armistice and Convention, &c. made and concluded in Portugal, in August, 1808, between the Commanders of the British and French Armies held at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, on Monday, the 14th of November, and continued by Adjournments until Tuesday, the 27th of December, 1808. Published by Authority.
1885. London: T. Egerton,, 18081809. Octavo (204 x 122 mm). Contemporary mottled half calf, decorative gilt spine with each compartment carrying the gilt monogram of Albert de Saxe-Teschen within a sunburst, labels and endpapers sympathetically renewed, top edge red. With 3 folding letterpress tables, additional charts to the text. Bookseller's ticket of Jean Clavreuil, Paris, to front pastedown. Binding recased, professional paper reinforcement to folding charts, slight rubbing to extremities, a number of ink strikes by prior reader to text at pp. 504-17, faint foxing and offsetting to contents, else a very good, fresh, copy. First edition, containing the full record of the inquiry into the Convention of Cintra from the Parliamentary Papers. The controversy surrounding the decision of the senior commanders in the Peninsula, Sir Hew Dalrymple and Harry Burrard, to arrange for Junot's army to be conveyed to France with all stores and materiel on British ships following their defeat at Vimeiro, came close to ending Wellington's career. "In November the government appointed a board of inquiry composed of generals, the majority of whom were determined not to blame Dalrymple and Burrard. Appearing before them, Dalrymple, although he had been the commanding officer and so responsible, blamed Wellesley, alleging he had acted on Wellesley's advice and with his consent. As Glover has written [in Britannia sickens], Dalrymple's attempt 'to shuffle responsibility on to his subordinate was discreditable in the extreme'. The board produced an unconvincing 'whitewash' report exonerating … [Click Below for Full Description]
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