Movements of the British Legion, with Strictures on the Course of Conduct Pursued by Lieutenant-General Evans


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To Canadians, Major John Richardson may be best remembered for his novel "Wacousta." But in 1835, Richardson joined the British auxiliary legion raised for service in Spain during the First Carlist War. His journal of the movements of the legion, published in 1836, along with this next edition of the work, were used by the Tories to embarrass the Whig government of Lord Melbourne, whose representatives retaliated by making personal attacks on Richardson. But the troubles of the British Legion were internal as well. Richardson, describing his sufferings at the hands of its commander, Lt.-Gen. George de Lacy Evans, exposes the petty intrigues of military adventurers and place-seekers. His personal memoirs, published in 1838, and a satirical novel, "Jack Brag in Spain," continued his exposé of the British Legion. While still serving in Spain, Richardson was brought before a military court for discrediting the reputation of the legion, a charge altered to "cowardice in battle." Richardson, who had been wounded in the campaign, was exonerated, and promoted to major in 1836. Afterwards, his books, which had been published anonymously, carried his name and rank as seen here.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. et al
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Date Published: 1837
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    xii, 330 p. 22 cm. Frontispiece and 6 other full-page engravings. Half red leather with marbled boards. "Second Edition. To Which is Added, with New Views, A Continuation of the Operations from the 5th of May, 1836, to the close of March, 1837." Corners a little bumped. Some light spotting to plate across from p. 291.

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