Friar José Silvestre translated by W. Vivian
The Anglo-Portuguese forces under the English General Lord Wellington were encamped on the slopes of the Estrella mountains, but, not being strong enough to oppose the French advance, they retired as far as the bridge of Murcella; and so rapidly was this movement effected that nothing was heard of it at Bussaco until just before the troops began to arrive.
On the afternoon of September 20,one of Lord Wellington's aides-de-camp knocked at our gate, and the moment it was opened he said, "I wish to see the convent at once. The General-Commanding-in Chief slept last night at Lorvão, and will be here tomorrow about this hour. The French are already at Tondella".
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