Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.
1st Duke Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier, prime minister. Dispatch, July 2, 1813, from Vitoria, Spain, to Lord Bathurst, War Minister. Quoted in Stanhope, Notes of Conversations with the Duke of Wellington (November 4, 1831).