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Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquis of Bath Preserved at Longleat, Wiltshire, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint) Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquis of Bath Preserved at Longleat, Wiltshire, Vol. 1 On the other hand the papers of Queen Anne's reign are of capital importance in regard of the inner political history of the time. They enable us to trace the course of Harley's estrange ment from the Whigs from its very beginning to the final rupture. For rather more than a year after his appointment to the Secretary's Office all goes smoothly enough, but from the tone of his draft letter to Godolphin of 21 July, 1705, it is evident that he had already incurred the Treasurer's suspicion, and was hard put to it to find language equal to allaying it. The numerous alterations in the draft Show the extreme care with which it was studied. But the artist forgot celare artem, the humility is abject, the adulation laid on With a trowel; and such expressions as I cannot allow a thought disagreeable to you, have no other views, no other passions, than to be subservient to your Lordship, know my own heart, and I can die a martyr for what I have written, must have been apt rather to excite than to allay suspicion in a statesman of Godolphin's shrewdness and experience. In a letter of 4 Sept. Following we find the first hint of the expediency of broadening the basis of the administration. I take it for granted that no party in the House can carry it for themselves without the Queen's servants join with them; that the foundation is, persons or parties are to come in to the Queen, and not the Queen to them If the gentlemen of England are made sensible that the Queen is the Head, and not a party, everything will be easy, and the Queen will be courted and not a party: but if otherwise. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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