Wellington’s resolve to visit Cádiz dates almost from the moment that he received the dispatch authorising him to accept the command of the Spanish armies.1 Conscious of the sacrifices that he intended the Spanish government to make, he was well aware that only his personal prestige would be enough to overcome the resistance that his proposals would inevitably engender. Such feelings were undoubtedly strengthened by a letter from Henry Wellesley stressing the advantages that would result from a visit to the capital.2


Military Power Officer Corps Spanish Government Military Dictatorship Army Officer 
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