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Jan. I. 1711.
T was with the utmost Consternation f, this Day, heard Your Grace had received a Dismission from all Your Employments: And lest You should, out oftheSoftness which isinseparablefromNatures 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 givethe first Notion, That the Enemy Vas to be Conquer'd : Till You were plac'd at the Head of Armies, the Confederates seem'd contented to show 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 1 have said this, MyLordt there arise in my Soul so many Instances of Your having been the Ministring Angel in the Cause of LIBERT Y, that my Heart flags, as if it expected 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 slighter Loss in this Change of Your Condition,, than any other Man in England. Your Actions have exalted You to B a be be the Chief of Your Species; and a continued Chain of Successes resulting from Wise Counsels, have denominated You the First of Mankind in the Age which was Bless'd with Your Birth. Enjoy what it is not in the Power of Fate it self to take from You, the Memory of Your Past Actions. Past Actions jnake up Present Glory. It is in the Power of Mortals 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 Ineffectual inconsequences to Your Country; but it is not in their Power to make them Inglorious to Your Self. 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 impossible to do You Dishonour, as to recall Yesterday: Your Character is indelible in the Book of Fame: And tho* aftera fevr Turbulent Years,, it will be said of Us merest of Mankind, They were; it will be to the End of Time said, MARLBOROUGH Is. My Lord, You are possessed of all the Englijh Glory of the whole Age in which You live; and all who lhall be transmitted to Posterity, must pass down only memorable, as they have exerted themselves in Concert with You, or against You, with Endless Honour as Your Friends, Insamy as Your Enemies. The Brightest Circumstance that can be related of the QU EEN Her Self, will be, It was SHE for whom MARLBOROUGH Conquer'd. Since it is Thus, My Lord, if even the Glorious Edi
6c: fice which Your Country decreed should beErected to Perpetuate Your Memory, stand Unfinish'd, let it stand so a Monument of the Instability df Human 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 Inferiot 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 locking towards You yet living?
My Noble Lord, Be convine'd, that You cannot be Disgrac'd; that Your Stand in Human Life is Immutable; that Your Glory is as Impassive 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 temperedtfor the Arts of Common Life, makes us lose our Wonder in Love. Is that Amiable Man, with that Easy Gesture, that Gentle Beseeching Mein, the Man Terrible in Battel, the Scourge of Tyrants? My Lord MARLBOROUGH, do not think there are not Men who can fee Your several Accomplishments, Your Excellencies that Expose You to the Possibility of being ill treated. We understand You too well not to fee, and to thank You, that You come Home, as if You B 3 had had never heard the Acclamations of the Universe. That Your Modesty and Resignation have made Your Transcendent, Your Heroick, Your God-like Virtuecapable of being blended in Society with other Men. And, My Lord, do You think we can let that Virtue be Dangerous to You, which only makes Your other Qualities not Dangerous to us? Accept, O Familiar, O Amiable, O Glorious Man, the Thanks of every Generous, every Honest 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 ar* 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 against it as Detestable, as the Strength of a Ravisher in the Violation of Chastity, the Testimonies of a Perjur'dMan Confronting Truth, or Clamour drowning the Voice of Innocence.