HL Deb 17 June 1852 vol 122 cc837-8

presented a petition from old lieutenants of the Peninsular Army, and those who served during the war, praying that the Brevet Rank of Captain may be conferred upon them. He (the Duke of Richmond) thought these brave veterans wore fairly entitled to this honour, which, in fact, would only put them in the position of the captains of yeomanry and disbanded corps, and which would not entail any expense on the country. These men had bled for their country, and in its service visited every part of the known world, and it really was not too much for the country to give them the brevet rank of captain which they asked, in consideration only of the wounds they had received, and the services they had rendered their country.

Petition read, and ordered to lie on the table.