Marlborough and the Rise of the British Army

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921 - Generals - 546 pages

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Page 94 - Interests ; and though my dutiful Behaviour to your Majesty in the worst of Times, (for which I acknowledge my poor Services much over-paid) may not be sufficient to incline You to a charitable Interpretation of my Actions ; yet I hope, the great Advantage I enjoy under Your Majesty, which I can never expect in any other change of Government, may reasonably convince Your Majesty, and the World, that I am acted by a higher Principle, when I offer that violence to my Inclination and Interest, as to...
Page 94 - ... of your majesty has hitherto represented those unhappy designs, which inconsiderate and self-interested men have framed against your majesty's true interest and the Protestant religion; but as I can no longer join with such to give a pretence by conquest to bring them to effect, so I will always, with the hazard of my life and fortune (so much your majesty's due) endeavour to preserve your royal person and lawful rights, with all the tender concern and dutiful respect that becomes,
Page 141 - He had , he said , but that moment ascertained that twelve regiments of infantry and two regiments of marines were about to embark, under the command of Talmash, for the purpose of destroying the harbour of Brest and the shipping which lay there. "This," he added, "would be a great advantage to England.
Page 450 - ... and malice of their aspersions, and not leave them that handle for bringing your majesty to such extremities against me. " But I am much more concerned at an expression in your majesty's letter, which seems to complain of the treatment you had met with. I know not how to understand that word, nor what construction to make of it. I know I have always endeavoured to serve your majesty faithfully, and zealously, through a great many undeserved mortifications. But if your majesty does intend by that...
Page 449 - Madam; I am very sensible of the honour your majesty does me, in dismissing me from your service by a letter of your own hand; though I find by it, that my enemies have been able to prevail with your majesty to do it, in the manner that is most injurious to me. And, if their malice and...
Page 89 - Mr. Sidney will let you know how I intend to behave myself: I think it is what I owe to God and my country. My honour I take leave to put into your highness's hands , in which I think it safe. If you think there is any thing else that I ought to do, you have but to command me; I shall pay an entire obedience to it, being resolved to die in that religion that it has pleased God to give you both the will and power to protect.
Page 450 - ... impute the occasion of my dismission, to a false and malicious insinuation contrived by themselves, and made public, when there was no opportunity for me to give in my answer, which they must needs be conscious would fully detect the falsehood and malice of their aspersions, and not leave them that handle for bringing your majesty to such extremities against me.
Page 474 - As to the Duke of Marlborough (for I cannot forbear giving him the precedence) it was allowed by all men, nay even by France itself, that he was more than a match for all the generals of that nation. This he made appear beyond contradiction, in the ten campaigns he made against them; during all of which time it cannot be said that...
Page 94 - I am acted by a higher principle, when I offer that violence to my inclination and interest, as to desert your Majesty at a time when your affairs seem to challenge the strictest obedience from all your subjects, much more from one who lies under the greatest personal obligations imaginable to your Majesty. This, sir, could proceed from nothing but the inviolable dictates of my conscience, and a necessary concern for my religion...
Page 447 - ... no peace could be safe or honourable to Great Britain or Europe, if Spain and the West Indies should be allotted to any branch of the house of Bourbon.

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