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Some of Lord Clyde's friends being under the impression that he had prohibited the publication of any of his papers, I desire to say a word in explanation.
The impression is a mistaken one, although it cannot be denied that his consent was given with reluctance, as will be seen presently.
It must be very well known to those who were on intimate terms with Lord Clyde, that he was an exceptionally modest man. Modesty was his characteristic from his youth, and became more confirmed, instead of being lessened, by age, rank, and honours. He shrank from every kind of notoriety, and nothing but his remarkable sensitiveness in that respect caused the unwillingness he evinced to let his papers be used for a Memoir.
Notwithstanding this, in his Will he leaves it to the discretion of the trustees to dispose of his papers, adding: "It may possibly become their opinion that some short Memoir should be drawn up. If this should appear to them to be absolutely necessary and indispensable (which I should regret, and hope may be avoided), then it should be limited, as much as possible, to the modest recital of the services of an old soldier."
The trustees have hitherto been unwilling to disregard Lord Clyde's apparent objection to a Memoir; but, after a lapse of seventeen years, they consider that no sufficient reason now exists for leaving such a distinguished soldier altogether unnoticed, and they feel justified in exercising the discretion which he has left them.
The more intimately Lord Clyde's true character and services are made known to his countrymen, the greater reason will they see to admire him and to honour his memory. Accordingly, the trustees have allowed the compilation of this simple Memoir, which, without trespassing much beyond the limits prescribed by Lord Clyde, endeavours to give a faithful impression of the man, while it affords, at the same time, a most encouraging example to all young soldiers, who will see in it to what the humblest and most friendless of them may aspire, when animated by that noble sense of duty which seemed to influence every act of his eventful military career.
General Shadwell had been many years in the same regiment with Lord Clyde and myself. He