Wellington's close friend Harriet Arbuthnot recorded in her diary on February 7, 1823:
"The Duke of Wellington spent the evening with us. He is greatly against war ; tho', as far as his pleasure is concerned, I am sure he would like to begin his campaigning again. He said it was such and active & merry life, all in high spirits & always confident of victory.
As proof of the ignorance of the Spaniards & their fitness for any [and] every thing enlightened & liberal, Lord FitzRoy says that the Royalists really believed the Constitutionalists to be Jews & Devils (Synonymous terms with them) & that they have tails. Mina the other day ordered a Royalist to be shot, & the man fell on his knees & said, "Spare my life & I will become a Jew like yourself". "The Duke told me the Spaniards believed the French to be Devils, & once he had a Guerilla come to him, who told him he had had to guard three French officers from one post to another & that, in crossing a bridge, he thought the best thing he could do was to upset them into the river. This he did, carriage & all, "& do you know," he said, "they were all Jews for, as they were drowning, I saw their tails" !!"