Queen Anne and Her Court, Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...however vexatious his lofty airs, he had proved in days gone by his friendship when a friend she sorely needed; and now he was not the less acceptable to her because he was at bitter enmity with Marlborough and Godolphin. During the recent changes Somerset had strongly supported Marlborough and the Lord Treasurer. He had likewise helped to get rid of Harley. In the redistribution of offices he had anticipated a reward befitting his services. But he still remained Master of the Horse, an ornamental minor official, and nothing more, while the junto and their friends appropriated all the great administrative posts. This neglect drove him into the arms of Harley, who was, therefore, not without an ally in the legitimate Council of the Sovereign. Neither in the cabinet of the backstairs nor in that of the Cockpit was there, however, any difference of opinion as to Somerset's capacity as a statesman. Both parties held him in contempt, yet Somerset's was the policy which triumphed in the long run--a policy from which he never swerved. The men of genius fell one by one. They trimmed, intrigued, they stooped to treason, and traded on loyalty, as occasion required, but for the " proud Duke" only one set of opinions existed'in religion and politics; and with a heart above fear, and intellect impervious to argument, he did more, perhaps, than all the great men who despised him to assure the ultimate success of his party. The changes in the English Ministry caused dismay at Versailles. The war-party in England received their new lease of power at a time when Nature herself had joined the Imperial alliance. The winter had been felt with intense severity throughout France. The feet of the cattle froze to the earth. The ice lay along the sea-shore in glistening...
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