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Jan. 1. 1711. My LORD,
T was with the utmoft Con. kternation 1, this Day, heard Your Grace had received a Dirmiffivn from all Your Employ. ments: And left You nould, out of the Softness which is inse
parable from Natures truly Heroick, believe this a Diminution of Your Glory, I take the Liberty to express to You, as well as I can, the Sense which Mankind has of Your Merit.
That Great Genius with which 'God has endowed You, was raised by Him, to give the firft Notion, that the Enemy was to be Conquer'd: Till You were plac'd at the Head of Armies, the Confederates seem'd contented to Thow France, That She could not overcome Europe: But it enter'd not into the Heart of Man, That the rest of Europe could Conquer France. When I have said this, My Lord, there arise in my Soul so many Instances of Your having been the Ministring Angel in the Cause of LIBERTY, that my Heart flags, as if it expe&ed the Lash of Slavery, when the Sword is taken out of His Hand, who Defended Me and All Men from it. Believe me, Immortal Sir, You have a lighter Loss in this Change of Your Condition, than any other Man in England. Your Adions have exalted You to
be the Chief of Your Species; and a continued Chain of Successes resulting from Wife Counsels, have denominated You the First of Mankind in the Age which was Bless'd with Your Bicch. Enjoy what it is not in the Power of Fate it self to take from You, the Memory of Your Past A&ions. Past A&tions make up Prefent Glory. It is in the Power of Morials to be Thankless to You for Doing them; but it is not in their power to take from You, that You have Done them. It is in the Power of Man to make Your Services Ineffe&ual in Conféquences to Your Country; but it is not in their power to make ihem Inglorious to Your Seif. Be not therefore You concern'd; but let Us lament, who may suffer by Your Removal. Your Glory is augmented by Comparison of your Merit to the Reward it meets with: But the Honour of Your Country....
It is as impoffible to do You Dishonour, as to recall Yesterday: Your Character is iodelible in the Book of Fame: And tho' after a few Turbulent Years, it will be said of Us the rest of Mankind, They were ; it will be to the End of Time said, MARLBOROUGH Is. My · Lord, You are possess'd of all the English Gló. sy of the whole Age in which You live; and all who shall be transinitted to Polterity, mult pass down only inemorable, as they have ex. erred themselves in Concert with You, or a. gainst You, with Endless Honour as Your Friends, Infamy as Your Enemies. The Brighteft Circumstance that can be related of the QUEEN Her Self, will be, It was SHE for whom MARLBOROUGH Conquer'd. Since it is Thus, My Lord, if even the Glorious Edi
fice which Your Country decreed should be Ere&ted to Perpetuate Your Memory, stand Unfinish'd, - let it stand fo a Monument of the Instability of Hainan Affairs. Your Glory is not chang'd, because the rest of Mankind are changeable. It is not Your Fault, that other Generals have receiv'd a Greater Reward for Escaping Your Valour, than You have for making them fly before it.
Had it pleas'd God that we had lost You by Your Mortality, the Greatest Man next to You would have had the Mitigation of his Inferior Desert, that the same Age could not produce such another : But how will he do to avert the Eyes of Mankind, upon all Exigencies, from looking towards You yet living
My Noble Lord, Be convinc'd, that You cannot be Disgrac'd; that Your Stand in Human Life is Immutable; that Your Glory is as Impaflive as the Fame of Him who Dy'd a Thousand Years ago. Whence is it that we thus Love You, that we thus Honour You? It is from the very Qualities, which lay You open to the Assaults of Your Enemies. That Sweet Complacency, that Admirable Spirit, which is so tempered for the Arts of Common Life, makes us lore our Wonder in Love. ls that Amiable Man, with that Easy Gesture, that Gentle Beseeching Mein, the Man Terri, ble in Battel, the Scourge of Tyrants? My Lord MARLBOROUGH, do not think there are not Men who can see Your several Accomplishments, Your Excellencies that Expose You to the possibility of being ill treated. We understand You too well not to see, and to Thank You, that You come Home, as if You B 3
had never heard the Acclamations of the Univerre. That Your Modesty and Resignation have made Your Transcendent, Your Heroick, Your God-like Virtue capable of being blended in Society with other Men. And, My Lord, do You think we can lét that Virtue be Dans gerous to You, which only makes Your other Qualities noi Dangerous to us? Accept, O Familiar, O Amiable, 0 Glorious Man, the Thanks of every Generous, every Honelt Man in Great Britain. Go on in Your Easie Mein of Life, be contented we See You, we Admire You, we Love You the more. While You are what you cannot cease to be, that Mild Virtue is Your Armour; the Shameless Ruffian that should Attempt to Sully it; would find his Force againt it as Detestable, as the Strength of a Ravičher in the Violation of Chastity, the Testimonies of a Perjur'd Man Confronting Truth, or Clamour drowning the Voice of lonocence,
Your Grateful Fellow-Subject,
and Faithful Friend,