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THE

WISDOM OF WELLINGTON;

OR,

MAXIMS OF THE IRON DUKE.

Through all Iberia, from the Atlantic shores
To far Pyrene, Wellington bath left
His trophies.

LONDON:

W. KENT AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW;

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

1853
216 Ć', 4.59y.

10. c.

THE

WISDOM OF WELLINGTON;

OR,

MAXIMS OF THE IRON DUKE.

FIELD-MARSHAL THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON was born in Ireland—whether in Dublin or in Dangan Castle may, perhaps, be a question for unborn antiquaries to complicate or elucidate-but the very date of his birth is uncertain, and has been assigned to the 28th, 29th, and 30th April, 1769--the birth year of Napoleon Buonaparte. "Providence," said Louis XVIII., "owed us that reparation."

The Cowley, or Colly family, long resident in Rutlandshire, settled in Ireland in the turbulent reign of Henry VIII. A younger son, in the early part of the last century, pursuant to the will of a kinsman, took the name of Wellesley, or Wesley, and was created Baron Mornington by George II. His son, Garret, became Viscount Wellesley and Earl of Mornington, and was chiefly famous for his success as a musical composer. In 1759, he married Anne, eldest daughter of Viscount Dungannon, by whom he had nine children. He died in 1784, and Arthur Wellesley was his third surviving son. Left to the care and the slender means of an accomplished and high-minded mother, young Arthur was first sent to Eton ; then to a private school at Brighton ; and next, to a French military academy in Angers, where he obtained a perfect knowledge of the French language. His school-boy days, however, like those of Sir Walter Scott, and other afterwards most eminent men, passed away little noted.

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