Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (17691852)
Really when I reflect upon the characters and attainments of some of the General Officers of this army, and consider that these are the persons on whom I am to rely to lead columns against the French Generals, and who are to carry my instructions into execution, I tremble; and, as Lord Chesterfield said of the Generals of his day, I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names he trembles as I do.
ARTHUR WELLESLEY, DUKE OF WELLINGTON, letter to Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Torrens, August 29, 1810.Antony Brett-James, Wellington at War, 17941815, p. 199 (1961). Lord Chesterfields comment is unverified.