Sunday, 13 January 2013

13th January 1813: General Maitland suggests to General Acland that a withdrawal of troops should be trialled

13th Jany

Dear Acland

The Commission having enclosed here & having succeeded in every point beyond my most sanguine expectations I feel extremely inclined to give the Country a fair trial of itself in every way till we see the effect of it, & to withdraw as many of the out Parties as we can with prudence leaving the whole of the worst Parts distinctly to themselves. Without this measure we never can come to a fair knowledge of the real feelings of the People hitherto so deeply implicated, & I cannot conceive any circumstances more favorable for such a trial than the present.

If therefore you could without inconvenience come over here before you go to Huddersfield, we could in a Day arrange the whole of the Force, here, in Lancashire & Cheshire & the whole of the Borders and the sooner it is finally fixed after your Court Martial is ever the better.

Ever Your’s
T Maitland

[To] Major Genl Acland
&c &c &c

This letter can be found at HO 40/2/3.

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