A Quote by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington on balance, ideas, and men

It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.

Arthur Wellesley, (1769 - 1852)

Source: Memoirs by the Duke, Sept. 18, 1836.

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