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The Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelsea Hospital … for the Trial of Lieut. Gen. Whitelocke,
Late Commander in Chief of the Forces in South America. Taken in Short-hand by Mr. Gurney.
First edition. Includes the sentence leaf – pp829-30 – bound in at the end. An accurate and authoritative account – taken by William Brodie Gurney, grandson of Thomas, the founder of “England’s great stenographic dynasty” – of the aftermath of the notorious debacle at Buenos Aires and Montevideo. “The court martial took seven weeks, and Whitelocke faced four charges covering poor diplomacy, military incompetence, and negotiation of a shameful surrender, each barely relevant to what had happened. He was found guilty and was cashiered. His fault lay in taking on a task beyond his capacity, for which those who appointed him should have shared the blame. It was also a task, in all probability, beyond the capacity of the British forces. All of those who recorded their impressions remarked that holding the Plate area against the wishes of the inhabitants was impossible: they wanted either Spanish rule or independence; a British conquest would have been extremely unpleasant, and ultimately a costly failure. Whitelocke’s surrender and evacuation permitted the army to be returned to Britain to fight the real enemy, Napoleon. Many of Whitelocke’s regiments went to fight in Spain later in 1808. Nevertheless he had shown himself incompetent” (ODNB).
2 volumes octavo (209 123 mm) Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, black morocco labels, volume numbers direct to spines, compartments formed by black-stained bands, gilt lozenge centre-tools, zig-zag roll in blind to the spine and corner edges, eau-de-nil endpapers, Folding map frontispiece to each. A little rubbed, joints starting, small chip to spine of volume II, no loss, repaired, frontispieces foxed, light browning, but overall very good.
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