Life of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough by Louise CreightonLife of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough by Louise Creighton

Life of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough

byLouise Creighton

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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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. 1879. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. Last Days of Harlboroug:!). AFTER his dismissal, Marlborough's position in England became daily more intolerable. The Ministry determined to bring a suit against him for £15,000, the sum which he had received by deducting 2 per cent, from the pay of the foreign troops. They also encouraged the contractors for the buildings at Blenheim to sue him for the arrears, amounting to £30,000, due for the works. Both the Duke and the Duchess had always been very careful not to take upon themselves any of the debts contracted at Blenheim, and had allowed the works to be suspended, rather than pay the workmen themselves. Ministers who paid no heed to the honour of their nation, in their dealings with foreign countries, could not be expected to care for it in their dealings with a fallen political opponent, and so they did not mind saying that Marlborough himself must pay for works which had been undertaken as a free gift from the nation to him. So the buildings at Blenheim were left unfinished for a time, and the Duke could have little hope of being able to finish his days there, as he had so often wished to do. The death of his tried friend Godolphin severed the last tie which kept him in England. Pressed by his enemies on every side, he determined to seek a little peace abroad. He got a passport from Oxford, allowing him to go wherever he liked, and sailed from Dover on November 28, 1712. Abroad men had not learned to look upon the great General as a coward and a thief. A salute of artillery greeted him as he entered the harbour of Ostend, and the garrison was waiting under arms to conduct him to the house which had been prepared to receive him. At Antwerp, where he next went, he was met by the governor outside the walls, and greeted by the...
Title:Life of John Churchill, Duke of MarlboroughFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217964311

ISBN - 13:9780217964319