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What Wellington wrote

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08 August 2014

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From the Revd Wendy Aird

Sir, - It seems a pity that the Rt Revd Lord Harries, in his very interesting article on the First World War (Features, 1 August), when quoting the Duke of Wellington, did not confirm the contextand the wording.

Lord Harries writes: "after one battle in which he had been victorious . . .": no need to be vague about it: the battle was Waterloo, surely an important battle in the history of Europe.

What he said, in a letter written at the time, was: "My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won."

WENDY AIRD
12 Middle Park, Alston
Cumbria CA9 3AR

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