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Marlborough and the Rise of the British Army.

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Pages: 160

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: General Books LLC (15 Jan. 2012)

By: Christopher Thomas Atkinson (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter xxi conclusion Marlborough Goes Abroad--Correspondence With Jacobites--Return Home--Position Under George I.--Illness And Death--Marlborough As A Leader--As A Strategist--His Problems And Difficulties--Marlborough As An Administrator--As A TactiCian--His Place Among Soldiers. Some months before the conclusion of peace Marlborough had quitted England for the Continent. Unable to prevent the progress of a policy he disliked, exposed to press attacks which increased in vigour and scurrility as the consciousness of success emboldened Tory scribes to assail and misrepresent every action of his public and private life, the Duke had no inducements to remain in England. He was for a time detained by the illness of Godolphin, who had been taken ill while staying with the Duke at St. Albans. But after his old colleague's death (September, 1712), Marlborough decided to put into execution his resolution to seek asylum abroad. He was the more disposed to do so because a suit had been brought against him in the Court of Queen's Bench for the recovery of fifteen thousand pounds a year derived from the 2%% on the pay of the foreign troops. Further, though the Duke had no legal liability for any expenses connected with the erection of the mansion that was to embody the national gratitude, the contractors and the workmen employed on building Blenheim were suing him for the arrears due to them through the remissness of the Treasury in making payments. Oxford was too politic to press his fallen enemy too hard. Indications had not been wanting that vindictiveness, if carried too far, would defeat its object: already at the time of the debates on the reports of the Public Accounts Commission signs had been apparent of a revulsion in public feeling in favour of the Duke, and t...

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