Trollope was a Waterloo baby. As in, he was born the year of the battle.
Which of course means that there has been much celebrating to mark the battle’s bicentenary as well as Trollope’s. These events culminated in a re-enactment of the delivery to London of the news of Britain’s victory. In this internet age, it is easy to forget that news of events back then travelled at the speed of the fastest horse. So it was that London learned on 21st June of the outcome of the battle fought on the 18th June.
Nowadays some bystander with a phone would have tweeted a selfie with Napoleon surrendering in the background. Not sure that constitutes progress.