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By an Eye-witness . ( Continued from our last Number , )
[ We have had but one opinion of the position and character of the parties of this war . No apparently good prospects , or even successes , of the Christinos have ever altered the view we were compelled to take of it . If the present number of the Christino army , and of the British Auxiliaries , were quadrupled , and even if they had no treachery to deal with , they could still no more terminate this war than they could root up the Pyrenees . Unless an army of thirty or forty thousand men be sent overwhich must also be an army of occupation—this horrible international warfare will continue until Don Carlos and all his lineal descendants are killed , and the Biscayans restored to all their ancient liberties . This latter proviso is imperative , or they will die to a man in the struggle . —R . H . H . ]
The history of the military Government of the British Auxiliary Legion is best recorded in the General Orders which have ,
from time to time , been published by command of General Evans ; these constitute the most unimpeachable evidence of the manner in which he has conducted the force under his command . The British Legion was organized under the express condition that the rules and regulations of the British service should , as far as possible , be strictly adhered to , * and the officers and men who volunteered in the service of her Catholic
Majesty did so under the impression that General Evans , as the champion of liberal principles in the House of Commons , and as an officer of tried courage in the British army , was eminently qualified to undertake the command of the expedition . They considered that , whatever might be the issue of the
civil war—however faithless the Spanish Government itself might prove—they could with impunity entrust their honour and their interests into his hands ; they entered the service , therefore , with alacrity and confidence . On his part it would appear that General Evans did not entertain the most remote
suspicion or apprehension of the difficulties that awaited him ; he lent a credulous ear to the promises of the Spanish Government , and would neither listen to the councils of his friends nor to the caveat of his political opponents ; he was manifestly ignorant of the military character , condition , and resources of the mountaineers into whose territory he was about to march ;* f-* Article X . Conditions of service—vide the Army List of the B . A . Legion , 1635 . f That General Evans imagined that the insurgent-mountaineers would easily be subdued is manifest from the fact , that when he took command pf the expedition
The Civil War In Spain,
THE CIVIL WAR IN SPAIN ,
No . 124 . N
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 1, 1837, page 193, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1830/page/3/