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mands; to such a height of military glory did her great general and her armies carry the British name abroad ; such was the harmony and concord betwixt her and her allies; and such was the blessing of God upon all her counsels and undertakings, that I am as sure as history can make me, no prince of ours was ever yet so prosperous and successful, so loved, esteemed, and honoured by their subjects and their friends, nor near so formidable to their enemies. We were, as all the world imagined then, just entering on the ways that promised to lead to such a peace as would have answered all the prayers of our religious queen

the and vigilance of a most able mic nistry, the payments of a willing and obedient people, as well as all the glorious toils and hazards of the soldiery; when God, for our sins, permitted the spirit of discord to go forth, and by troubling sore the camp, the city, and the country, and oh, that it had altogether spared the places sacred to his worship! to spoil, for a time, this beautiful and pleasing prospect, and give us in its stead, I know not what

Our enemies will tell the rest with pleasure. It will become me better to pray to God to restore us to the

power of obtaining such a peace as will be to his glory, the safety, honour, and the welfare of the queen and her dominions, and the general satisfaction of all her high and mighty allies.” May 2, 1712.”

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