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  *B[JE OIELTIO MONTSL"?.
  a sense of gratitude for the respect shown to
  the persons and properties of the inhabitants
  by the Highlanders of the '45.
  Peace was concluded in February, 1763. It
  was memorable as confirming Great Britain in
  the possession of Canada and its dependencies,
  and as closing one of the most successful
  European wars in which the country had been
  engaged. It was not, however, a peace
  acceptable to Great Britain. It was indeed
  honourable and advantageous to the country,
  yet not considered so honourable nor so advan-
  tageous as the country was entitled to demand,
  after a long and almost unbroken series of
  victories by sea and land in every quarter of
  the world. Pitt then directed the State helm.
  The Greys in February, 1764, left Germany
  and returned to England. For many years its
  services were confined to movements from one
  part of Great Britain to another, and its annals
  record nothing more important than con-
  tinuation of good conduct, strict attention to
  discipline and duty, as well as changes in its
  costume and equipment.
  The great war of the French Revolution
  broke out in 1793, in which Great Britain
  employed all her strength and resources for up-
  wards of twenty years on land and sea, and from
  which she eventually emerged triumphantly
  with a large aecesion of influence, power, and
  territory, and at one period contending single
  handed against all Europe. The French
  Kepublic having invaded Holland, a British
  and Hanoverian force, under the command of
  the Duke of York, proceeded to the aid of the
  Dutch. Four troops of the Scots Greys formed
  a portion of the expedition. They landed at
  Ostend on the 16th July, marched to the
  frontiers of France and joined the army engaged
  in the siege of Valenciennes. On the capture
  of this city they marched to the coast, and were
  engaged in covering the siege of Dunkirk.
  They afterwards moved to Ghent. In Feb-
  ruary, 179-4, they were stationed in Bevern.
  In the folllowing campaign they were actively
  engaged in repeated skirmishes with the
  enemy.
  On the 10th May the British army, then in
  position on the heights of Tournay, was attacked
  by a superior French force commanded by
  Pichegru, which tried to turn its left. Ilepulsed
  in this attempt they opened a heavy cannonade,
  and the French columns were then hurled on
  the British centre. This assault was received
  with wonderful firmness, and a brigade of
  cavalry, including the Greys, was directed in
  turn against the French right flank. Forming
  in line under a heavy fire, they rode through a
  densely planted corn field, still maintaining
  their orderly array and fell upon the enemy
  with such astonishing vehemence that they
  drove them into the greatest confusion. The
  whole British army then swept upon the dis-
  ordered ranks and inflicted a complete defeat.
  Pichegru rapidly retired with the loss of many
  men and thirteen guns.
  In December, 179.3, the Greys were recalled
  to England, and remained attached to the home
  establishment for several years Its strength
  was now raised to 112."i officers and men, and
  remained for two years at Canterbury, as a
  convenient point from which to act in case the
  French invasion was attempted.
  In 1795 they shared in the various operations
  of the campaign in Holland, operations which
  elevated the character of the British soldier for
  devotion and courage, but equally manifested
  the incapacity and lack of military ability of
  his leaders. For the modern reader a record
  of these operations would be utterly devoid of
  attraction. Nothing indeed can be less
  interesting than a mere narrative of marches
  and counter-marches, skirmishes and sieges,
  unrelieved by any flash of genius, or superb
  manifestation of heroism. War becomes a dull
  and profitless drama when no great soldier
  rules the scene, and no memorable victory hghts
  it up with undying lustre. When the battle
  music ebbs into silence, and the plumed helm
  of the conqueror no longer sweeps through the
  cloud and shadow Hke a destroying meteor;
  when genius no longer orders the array, and
  the enthusiasm of success ceases to elevate the
  trooper into a hero ; how dark and gloomy the
  spectacle of the " tented field," how black and
  barren the annals of the strife.
  It is only when a Marlborough or a W^elUng-
  ton, a Campbell or a Havelock, a Wolseley or a
  Roberts occupies the stage, that the drama
  draws upon it the eyes of the world, or has any
  special and enduring interest for posterity. It
  is only when war summons into action the
  highest powers of a bold and comprehensive
  intellect that it can excite the speculation of
  the philosopher, or amuse the fancy of the
  student and the reader.
  The gallant '• Scots Greys " was represented
  at the funeral of Nelson by two squadrons, on
  the Sth of January, ISUfi, and were much
  admired in the procession. The fear of invasion
  having now been dispelled by the Battle of
  Trafalgar, the strength of the regiment was
  reduced to 954 men and officers.
  The story of the Greys has, however, several
  incidents of the most stirring interest and'
  splendid romance to be yet related, especially
  Waterloo and the Crimea. To these the
  attention of the reader will be directed sub-
  sequently.
  {7'() he continued.)

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