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Daily Snippet #28: Page 134 / 100 Words

David W. Bartlett. What I Saw in London; or, Men and Things in the Great Metropolis. Auburn: Derby and Miller, 1852.

Duke of Wellington, in Chapter VII, PERSONS OF NOTE. After a page of praise for the Duke, Bartlett continues,

“So many iron statues were cast of him, that to this day he goes by the name of ‘the Iron Duke.’

     Suddenly the people saw in him, their deadliest enemy. He opposed all their political rights; he advocated the most abominable abuses, and dared the people to a trial of their strength.

     The agitation of the Reform Bill became greater, profounder, until millions were in a state of dangerous excitement. They only asked for simple rights. They did not demand that the monarchy should be overthrown, or the aristocracy – they merely asserted a principle which was maintained centuries before in [Spain, ‘that taxation without representation is tyranny].’”

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Sir Arthur Wellesley, by Thomas Lawrence, circa 1815. The Duke of Wellington is standing at half-length, wearing Field Marshal’s uniform, with the Garter star and sash, the badge of the Golden Fleece, and a special badge ordered by the Prince Regent to be worn from 1815 by Knights Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Order of the Bath who were also Knights Companion of the Order of the Garter. [Wikipedia]

You can read more about him here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/history-ks3–ks4-duke-of-wellington/z7dw382

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