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Preface (Newspaper) - January 1, 1809, London, Middlesex FOREIGN 25 house on the achievements referred to of sir the omit ting the name of sir Burrard wonld be construed into a stigma on the military reputation of that who at the close of the glorious action at Vimierawas derstood to have had the chief For such an objection he did not think that any noble lord could adduce trie least foun especially when the particu lar circumstances in which sir Burrard was and the opi nions which he himself had offi cially were duly weighed and It might be said that sir Burrard had arrived on the field before the battle of Vi miera was it might be said that previously to thatbattlehe had been consulted as to the ante cedent arrangements that had been made by sir and which arrangements were univer sally acknowledged to have pre pared the brilliant successes of that It might be that during such consultations sir Harry Burrard ought to be and actually was con sidered as the and that therefore sir Burrard was by right included in the pre sent motion of a vote of He was ready to admit the truth of these premises but he could not acknowledge the necessity of ac quiescing in the conclusion that was drawn from Several instances might be mentioned when votes of thanks had been moved and unanimously carried hi that to officers had distin guished themselves in separate and subordinate without such votes having ever been con sidered as any disparagement of the merits or claims of officers upon such occasion and on such invested with be chief He should con tent himself with referring to two of those when that house had passed a vote of tljanks to lord for his achievements at the and at on both of which oc casions he had acted under a su perior officer yet it never then en tered any noble lords that such a vote of bestowed on such splendid was any de rogation from the military merit and character of admi rals who at the time were invested with die chjef command so far for the Now if attention was to be paid to the opinion and language of sir Burrard himself as conveyed in his dispatches com municating the glorious result of the engagement at what wcs the inference to be deduced from them Did not thef gallant general himself declare that ne proved of the arrangements had been made by sir Welleslef at the and during the continuance of the action that he instructed him to persevere fa and that he declined assum ing to himself any of the merit and flory of that splendid achievement f any thing was particularly hand some and praiseworthy in this be haviour of sir Burrardj it no the magnanimous self denial on his which induced him to forbear any interference fn a work that had been so judiciously and so gloriously terminated by sir Arthur he could not help observing1 that to the present mo supposed to grow but of a dif ferent interpretation of the senti ments of sir could in his so much redound to his praise as the conduct which he had himself parsaed oft that occa
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