AT WELLINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS: THE LETTERS OF ROBERT DUFFIELD COOKE, ARMY PAY CORPS 1811-14
38pp., 4 colour plates. P.B. 2009.
Robert is very revealing regarding the squalid conditions of Portuguese quarters. He also gives some useful information of the Paymasters Office and the methods of transporting and maintenance of money chests at numerous locations. He later describes humorous instances such as the audacity of a fellow clerk (unnamed) who attempted to ride to hounds with Wellington and his Staff and became an embarrassing cropper! But even a pen pusher like Robert could not stay totally clear of the fighting, he describes vividly his two near death experiences whilst observing the siege of the forts at Salamanca, his sufferings along with the rest of the army on his retreat from Madrid and also paying a bribe to mount the breach at San Sebastian the night the town fell.