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Á SKETCH OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
OF THE INHABITANTS,
CAMPAIGNS UNDER LORD WELLINGTON.
WILLIAM GRANVILLE ELIOT,
THE SECOND EDITION, W. H CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS.
Prends moi tel que je suis.
Laudou Painted by C. Roworti, Bell-yard, Temple-bar.
many works have appeared under the different heads of journals of officers and others attached to the expeditions in Spain and Portugal, memoirs, tours, &c. that the subject may almost be said to be threadbare, to have been as much hacknied as other popular ones generally are, and to have left little to write on; yet in the whole of these, except in the work of General Dumouriez, written in 1766, the topography of the kingdom of Portugal, in a military point of view, its strength and resources, have been but slightly touched
I shall therefore endeavour to point out the light in which it appeared to me as a military man, its vulnerable as well as invulnerable points, together with such of its resources as came within my own observation. I must at the same time prepare such of my readers as not of a military class, to whom the first part of my book will appear tedious, on account of the dry and mono