Memoirs of the Duke of Marlborough: With His Original Correspondence, Collected from the Family Records at Blenheim and Other Authentic Sources - Vol. 2

Memoirs of the Duke of Marlborough: With His Original Correspondence, Collected from the Family Records at Blenheim and Other Authentic Sources - Vol. 2

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Memoirs of the Duke of Marlborough: With His Original Correspondence, Collected from the Family Records at Blenheim and Other Authentic Sources - Vol. 2

Memoirs of the Duke of Marlborough: With His Original Correspondence, Collected from the Family Records at Blenheim and Other Authentic Sources - Vol. 2

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During the greater part of 1705, the whole nation had been kept in suspense by the struggle in the cabinet, and by the contention between the two parties relative to the office of lord keeper. The present year did not less teem with similar feuds, and Marlborough was exposed to superior disquietude, in consequence of the struggle which arose from the determination of the Whigs to persist in their purpose of transferring the seals of the secretaryship of state from Sir Charles Hedges to the earl of Sunderland.

On returning from the embassy to Vienna, which he had filled with great prudence and ability, Sunderland expected to be rewarded by an immediate admission into the ministry; and his hopes were encouraged by the other Whig leaders, who had promoted his appointment to the embassy, as an introductory step to an office of trust and dignity at home.

We have already mentioned the opposition of Marlborough to the appointment of Sunderland, and his unwillingness to wound the feelings of the queen, by pressing his admission into the cabinet. This opinion he strongly manifested to the duchess, who displayed even more than usual zeal for the advancement of her son-in-law.

" Helchin, August 9. You know that I have often disputes with you concerning the queen; and by what I have always . . .

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