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Marlborough's America by Stephen Saunders Webb

By Stephen Saunders Webb

students of British the USA quite often finish that the early eighteenth-century Anglo-American empire was once advertisement in economics, liberal in politics, and parochial in coverage, somnambulant in an period of “salutary neglect,” yet Stephen Saunders Webb the following demonstrates that the yank provinces, lower than the spur of warfare, grew to become capitalist, coercive, and competitive, due to the energetic management of occupation military officials, informed and nominated to American executive by means of the captain normal of the allied armies, the 1st duke of Marlborough, and that his effect, and that of his legates, prevailed throughout the whole century in America.

Webb’s paintings follows the duke, whom an eloquent enemy defined as “the maximum statesman and the best common that this kingdom or the other kingdom has produced,” his employees and infantrymen, in the course of the ten campaigns, which, by way of defanging France, made the union with Scotland attainable and made “Great Britain” preeminent within the Atlantic global. Then Webb demonstrates that the duke’s legates reworked American colonies into provinces of empire. Marlborough’s America, fifty years within the making, is the fourth quantity of The Governors-General.

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It would strengthen his command of the allied army. It could not be thought the effect of royal favor, for “it is visable to the whole world that it is not done upon your own account,” but was the recognition due military achievement. Sarah, as always, was bitterly opposed to her husband’s elevation. He agreed with her “that we ought not to wish for a greater title, till we have a better estate,” but he pointed out that the queen had anticipated this objection by a grant of £5,000 per annum from the post office revenues during her lifetime.

Peterborough wrote lady Marlborough. He added that she was proof enough of woman’s equality, even superiority. Besides Peterborough’s attentions to Sarah, Marlborough disapproved of the relentless campaign Peterborough was waging to obtain the hand of Marlborough’s exquisite daughter, Mary, for Peterborough’s heir, John, viscount Mordaunt. Admittedly, Mordaunt had military (and political) virtues. He was an especially brave aide de camp to the captain general. Mordaunt aspired both to be an efficient noble commander of the sort personified by North and Grey of the 10th, “and with fewer words be as serviceable in the winter wars” in parliament.

To the patriots’ most promising leader, William Pitt, the dowager duchess bequeathed £10,000 on her death, at Marlborough House on October 18, 1744. The last survivor of the Cockpit circle, Sarah, duchess of Marlborough, was the most notable link between the age of Anne and the renewed war for Atlantic American empire. PRÉCIS I N TEN VICTORIOUS campaigns, from 1702 to 1711, captain general the duke of Marlborough educated and promoted the officers who, as governors general, transformed England’s autonomous American colonies into provinces of a British empire.

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