William Godwin's Diary


The Walcheren expedition was an unsuccessful attempt to open another front in the Austrian Empire’s struggle with France. There was little fighting but severe loss of life through a lethal combination of malaria, typhus, typhoid and dysentery. The opposition in parliament used the expedition to raise questions about the competence of the government’s military strategy and those commissioned to undertake it. The motion approving the conduct of the ministers with respect to the Walcheren expedition was passed by a majority of 21 on 30 March 1810, having initially secured (on 26 January 1810) a majority of nine against the ministers.

See The Times, 27 and 29 January 1810 and 31 March 1810.