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The works of Jonathan Swift (v. 5)


The works of Jonathan Swift (v. 5)

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Excerpt from book: SOME CONSIDERATIONS UPON THE CONSEQUENCES HOPED AND FEARED FROM THE DEATH OF THE QUEEN. AUGUST 9, 1714. N order to set in a clear light what I have to say upon this subject, it will be convenient to examine the state of the nation, with reference to the two contending parties: this cannot well be done, without some little retrospection into the five last years of her late majesty's reign. I have it from unquestionable authority, that the Duchess of Marlborough's favour began to decline very soon after the queen's accession to the throne, and that the Earl Godolphin's held not much above two years longer : although her majesty (no ill concealer of her affections) did not think fit to deprive them of their power until a long time after. The Duke of Marlborough and the Earl of Godolphin, having fallen early into the interests of the lower party, for certain reasons not seasonablehere to be mentioned, (but which may deserve a place in the history of that reign,) they made large steps that way upon the death of the Prince of Denmark, taking several among the warmest leaders of that side into the chief employment of state. Mr. Harley, then secretary of state, who disliked their proceedings, and had very near overthrown their whole scheme, was removed with the utmost indignation : and about the same time, Sir Simon Harcourt, and Mr. St. John, with some others, voluntarily gave up their employments. But the queen, who had then a great esteem for the person and abilities of Mr. Harley, (and in proportion of the other two, although at that time not equally known to her,) was deprived of his service with some regret: and upon that, and other motives well known at court, began to think herself hardly used: and several stories ran about, whether true or false, t...  
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