Private and original correspondence ... with king William, the leaders of the Whig party and other distinguished statesmen, illustr. with narratives by W. Coxe

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Page 53 - As to what you wrote in your last letter concerning Lord Marlborough, I can say no more than that I do not think it for the good of my service to entrust him with the command of my troops.
Page 404 - The house voted, that his informations, reflecting upon the fidelity of several noblemen, members of the house and others, upon hearsay, were false and scandalous, contrived to undermine the government, and create jealousies between the king and his subjects, in order to stifle the conspiracy.
Page 396 - I beg the answer I may have may be a bill for the king's signing. As for arguments, I have used all I have already ; and by your objections, you may give me leave to tell you, that you are as partial and unreasonable, with too much modesty, as some are with too much ambition.
Page 220 - Majesty and his government; and our friend [Marlborough], who has no small credit with her, seems very resolved to contribute to the continuance of this union, as the only thing that can support her or both. I do not see...
Page 15 - I doubt, have a regency still in their heads ; for though I agree them to be the properest instruments to carry the prerogative high, yet I fear they have so unreasonable a veneration for monarchy, as not altogether to approve the foundation yours is built upon."1 Shrewsbury's remonstrance was so successful that the project was dropped, but the prorogation was only postponed for a month.
Page 148 - ... if I would command him no service. I then told him, by the course he was taking, it would never be in his power to do himself or his friends service ; and if the time should come that he expected, I looked upon myself as an offender not to be forgiven, and therefore he should never find me asking it.
Page 131 - On the 28th July, after holding another council, the Duke of Shrewsbury writes to the King as follows : " It was universally the opinion of all here, that a session in your absence, and in the divisions the nation labours under now, would produce nothing but heat among themselves, and petitions from all the counties about the state of the money ; that they could afford little help as to a present supply, but by the expectation they would raise, that dipt money should be current again, or a recompense...
Page 45 - I own to you that I did not suppose they would have made the attempt without having well reconnoitred the situation of the enemy to receive them ; since they were long apprised of our intended attack, and made active preparations for defence ; for what was practicable two months ago was no longer so at present.
Page 131 - I am not acquainted with the particulars my lord steward has sent your majesty from sir John Fenwick. He is generally reputed a fearful man, and though now he may not offer to say all, yet beginning to treat is no contradiction to that character. I am confident he knows what, if he will discover, may be much more valuable than his life.* If he were well managed, possibly * This remark shews that the duke of Shrewsbury had not the least dread or suspicion of sir John Fenwick's disclosures.
Page 605 - The king answered, that he was not only led by inclination, but thought himself obliged in justice, to reward those who had served well in the reduction of Ireland, out of the estates forfeited to him by the rebellion in that kingdom.

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