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MARLBOROUGH, John Churchill, 1st Duke of (1650-1722).
Autograph Letter Signed in French [to Charles III, King of Spain, later Emperor Charles VI], 2 pages 4to with integral blank, The Hague, 24 April 1709.
Informing his ally that he had written the previous week by Colonel Kein, to the effect that he is sending the present letter by Quartermaster General de Bourgay 'pour informer V: M: des secours qui Luy sont destinés d'Angleterre', and that de Bourgay is bringing a letter to the Duc de Molles in which Marlborough would explain in detail 'la situation des affaires en se pais, pour estre communique a V: M:', and assuring the King of his punctilious regard for his interests.
 Written after Marlborough's victory over the French at Oudenarde and his advance into Flanders, immediately before the abortive peace negotiations in which he took part at the Hague in May 1709.
[Translation]
'I had the honour to write to Your Majesty last week through Colonel Kein and now I have the opportunity by Quarter Master General de Bourgay, who returns to his post in order to inform Y[our] M[ajesty] of the help which is on its way to England, he is charged also with a letter that I have written to the Duke of Molles, which has details of the position regarding the peace, to be communicated to Y[our] M[ajesty]. I hasten to assure you that I will give full attention to all that is in your interest and that I will be gratified to serve you totally and with respectful devotion with which I am
Sire
of Your Majesty / Your humble and very / obedient servant / The Duke of Marlborough
at the Hague, the 24th / of April 1709.'

[No: 25268]


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