23 JANUARY 1909, Page 16


[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.".] SIR,—I think you may like to print the enclosed letter in the Spectator in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of Sir John Moore's death at Corufia. The MS. is a copy, made by the daughter of the recipient, Robert Graham. She married Wellington's favourite gunner, afterwards Field- Marshal Sir Hew Ross, and it is her daughter, Mrs. Francis Coltman, who now sends me the document. One point of interest in it is that it records, what Napier does not mention, that Moore was confident of beating the French, and "earnestly wished" them to attack. " I never saw him in such spirits as when their columns were advancing" reminds one of Words- worth's "Happy Warrior."—I am, Sir, &c.,


Netherhampton House, Salisbury.