sexta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2007

Portugueses vistos por ingleses

The Private Journal of F.S. Larpent, Esq, London, R. Bentley, 1853
Edited by Sir George Larpent, Bart.

Fuente Aguinaldo,18 Maio 1813
“ In the review yesterday, besides the two regiments of Caçadores Portuguese, there was the 17th of the line Portuguese; they really marched and acted & etc, very nearly as well as our own. The men, however, are naturally mean, shabby men in general, like the pictures of the Queen´s family at Frogmore, which you must remember. The officers look much better than the Spaniards, and seem most of them to know of their duty.
The Spaniards men, as men independent of discipline are wonderfully superior to the Portuguese, and yet we have see, by the want of that knowledge of acting in a mass, and total mistrust of their leaders, how inferior they have been hitherto.”
Larpent, Vol. I . pp.182-3

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