An Account of the Conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough: From Her First Coming to Court, to the Year 1710

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Strana 11 - ... person ever arrived at a higher with Queen or Princess. And if from hence I may draw any glory, it is that I both obtained and held this place without the assistance of flattery, a charm which in truth her inclination for me, together with my unwearied application to serve and amuse her, rendered needless, but which, had it been otherwise, my temper and turn of mind would never have suffered me to employ.
Strana 10 - Denmark in 1683 it was at her own earnest request to her father I was made one of the Ladies of her Bedchamber. What conduced to render me the more agreeable to her in this station was doubtless...
Strana 25 - She ran about it, looking into every closet and conveniency, and turning up the quilts upon the bed, as people do when they come into an inn, and with no other sort of concern in her appearance but such as they express a behaviour which, though at that time I was extremely caressed by her, I thought very strange and unbecoming.
Strana 20 - I imagined that the Prince of Orange's sole design was to provide for the safety of his own country, by obliging King James to keep the laws of ours, and that he would go back as soon as he had made us all happy ; that there was no sort of difficulty in the execution of this design, and that to do so much good would be a greater pleasure to him than to be king of any country upon earth.
Strana 176 - I sent for him, and was as kind to him as if he had been my own child. After he had learned what he could there, a vacancy happening of page of honour to the Prince of Denmark, his highness was pleased, at my request, to take him. I afterwards got my Lord Marlborough to make him groom of the bedchamber to the Duke of Gloucester.
Strana 198 - I never did nor never will give them any just reason to forsake me, and they have too much honour and too sincere a love for their country to leave me without a cause. And I beg you would not add that...
Strana 20 - I do solemnly protest that, if there be truth in any mortal, I was so very simple a creature that I never once dreamt of his being King. Having never read, nor employed my time in anything but playing at cards, and having no ambition myself, I imagined that the Prince of Orange's sole design was to provide for the safety of his own country by obliging King James to keep the laws of ours, and that he would go back as soon as he had made us all happy ; that there was no sort of...
Strana 205 - ... so just as to reflect and examine impartially her last reception of Mrs Freeman, how very different from what it has been formerly, when you were glad to see her come in and sorry when she went away ; certainly you can't wonder at her reproaches, upon an embrace that seemed to have no satisfaction in it but that of getting rid of her in order to enjoy the conversation of one that has the good fortune to please you much better, though I am sure nobody did ever endeavour it with more sincerity...
Strana 176 - Hill) was a tall boy, whom I clothed (for he was all in rags) and put to school at St. Albans to one Mr.
Strana 11 - Court was throughout so oddly composed, that I think it would be making myself no great compliment if I should say her choosing to spend more of her time with me than with any of her other servants did no discredit to her taste.

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