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I feel myself much indebted to your Lordship for your kind assistance in procuring the rank of major for my aide-de-camp Major Ross. ... I was much disappointed to find that his Majesty did not think Lieut.-Colonel Tarleton's services deserved to be rewarded with the rank of Lieut.-Colonel in the army, and it would give me most sensible mortification if it should be now withheld from him. He was once, it is true, unfortunate; but the affair of the 17th of January must be classed among the extraordinary events of war, as his disposition and conduct of the action were as unexceptionable as his previous manoeuvres were able to force General Morgan to fight .' . . Your Lordship must know so well how agreeable any favour conferred upon my near relation and aide-de-camp, Captain Brodrick, must be to me, that I think it unnecessary to trouble you on that subject.
I have, &c.
- Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol I, Charles Ross, Esq., London, 1859