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tack were completed. Amidst a tremendous fire of cannon and mus. quetry, the troops moved up the ascent; twice they were foiled; but at the third attempt the French horse were completely broken, and abandoned the battalions of foot which had been mingled with them, who were all either cụt to pieces or made prisoners. Tallard found that all was lost, unless he could obtain assistance from his left; but Marsin and the Elector, fouud; themselves, too closely pressed by Eugene to venture to detach any troops in aid of their unhappy colleague. Marlborough saw that the decisive moment of victory was arrived. The trumpets sounded the charge, and the allied horse, rushed forward with tremendous force. The hostile cavalry did not await the shock, but after a scattered volley fled in dismay. The rout was complete ; numbers were killed and taken in the pursuit, and many perished in the attempt to swim across the Danube. Marshal Tallard surrendered himself, and with him mạny officers of distinction. They were immediately conducted to the victorious commander, who received them with all the attention due to their character and misfortune. The other French commander, Marsin; together with the Elector of Bavaria, drew off the wreck of their troops as they could, though considerably harrassed in their retreat by both the allied commanders.
The fate of the troops left in the village of Blenheim was yet undecided. They had witnessed the event of the battle without making any attempt to escape, because the officer dispatched with the order had been unable to reach the village; their commander had been killed; and though left thus without a chief and without orders, they maintained their post so obstinately, that it became necessary to order a general attack on every accessible point of the village. To spare the effusion of blood a capitulation was proposed by the French; General Churchill insisted on an unconditional surrender. They had no alternative; twenty-four battalions and twelve squadrons submitted themselves, and thus closed the mighty struggle of this eventful day.
The total loss of the Freneh army was ascertained to be not less than 40,000 men, including deserters and those who were killed in the retreat. The loss of the allies was also very considerable, being not less than 4,500 killed, and 7,500 wounded.
It would be difficult to appreciate the consequences of this great victory; it checked the ambitious plans which Lewis XIV. had formed for the aggrandizement of France, and dissipated entirely those dreams of universal monarchy in which he had so long indulged. It placed Great Britain in a novel and most commanding station. Centuries had passed since she had asserted herself as became her in the wars by which Europe was distracted : and she now took her place all at once at the highest point in the scale of military renown. The glory she won at Blenheim has never since been tarnished. It iş a possession handed down to us from our fathers, and we know its value : for who can be so well able to appreciate the high desert of Marlborough, as those who have witnessed or have shared in the achievements of Wellington ?
The behaviour of Marlborough, under this accumulation of success and honour, was above all praise. To give an adequate idea of his conduct in the field, we are glad to avail ourselves of a description which has been bequeathed us by one of the best men that ever lived -the excellent Addison ; we give it not as the language of poetry or flattery, but as a faithful and most spirited delineation of our British hero :
'Twas then great Marlborough's mighty soul was prov'd,
CHARACTER OF LORD VISCOUNT FALKLAND, SECRETARY OF STATE TO
In this unhappy battle of Newbury* was slain the Lord Viscount Falkland; a person of such prodigious parts of learning and knowledge, of that inimitable sweetness and delight in conversation, of so flowing and obliging a humanity and goodness to mankind, and of that primitive simplicity and integrity of life, that if there were no other brand upon this odious and accursed Civil War, than that single loss, it must be most infamous and execrable to all posterity.
Before this Parliament, his condition of life was so happy, that it was hardly capable of improvement. Before he came to be twenty years of age, he was master of a noble fortune ; which descended to him by the gift of a grandfather, without passing through his father or mother, who were then both alive. His education for some years had been in Ireland, where his father was Lord Deputy; so that when he returned into England, to the possession of his fortune, he was unentangled with any acquaintance or friends, which usually grow up by the custom of conversation, and therefore was to make a pure election of his company ; which he chose by other rules than were prescribed to the young nobility of that time. And it cannot be denied, though he admitted some few to his friendship for the agreeableness of their natures, and their undoubted affection to him, that his familiarity and friendship, for the most part, was with men of the most eminent and sublime parts, and of untouched reputation in point of integrity; and such men had a title to his bosom:
* This battle was fought between Charles I. and the forces of the Parliament, at Newbury, in Berkshire, on the 2015 September 1643. The conflict was oh slidately maintained, and each party claimed the honours of the triomph. The loss of the Royalists was most severe, from the number of eminent men who fell ia this field,
He was superior to all those passions and affections which attend vulgar minds, and was guilty of no other ambition than of knowledge, and to be reputed a lover of all good men; and that made him too much a contemner of those arts which must be indulged in the transactions of human affairs. In the last short Parliament, he was a Burgess in the House of Commons; and, from the debates which were there managed with all imaginable gravity and sobriety, he contracted such a reverence to Parliaments, that he thought it really impossible they could ever produce mischief or inconvenience to the kingdom; or that the kingdom could be tolerably happy in the intermission of them.
The great opinion he had of the uprightness and integrity of those persons who appeared most active, especially of Mr. Hambden, kept him longer from suspecting any design against the peace of the kingdom; and though he differed from them commonly in conclusions, he believed long their purposes were honest. When he grew better informed what was law, and discerned in them a desire to controul that law by a vote of one, or both Houses, no man more opposed those attempts, and gave the adverse party more trouble, by reason and argumentation ; insomach as he was, by degrees, looked upon as an advocate for the Court; to which he contributed so little, that he declined those addresses, and even those invitations which he was obliged almost by civility to entertain. And he was so jealous of the least imagination that he should incline to preferment, that he affected even a moroseness to the Court and to the courtiers; and left nothing undone which might prevent and divert the King's or Queen's favour towards him, but the deserving it.
For this reason, when he heard it first whispered, that the King had a purpose to make him a Privy Counsellor,' for which there was, in the beginning, no other ground, but because he was known safficient, he resolved to decline it; and at last suffered himself only to be overruled, by the advice and persuasions of his friends, to submit to it. Afterwards, when he found that the King intended to make him Secretary of State, he was positive to refuse it.
Two reasons prevailed with him to receive the Seals, and but for those he had resolutely avoided them. The first, the consideration that his refusal might bring some blemish upon the King's affairs, and that men would have believed that he had refused so great an honour and trust, because he must have been with it obliged to do somewhať else not justifiable. And this he made matter of conscience, since he knew the King made choice of him, before other men, especially because he thought him more honest than other men. The other was, lest he might be thought to avoid it out of fear to do an ungracious thing to the House of Commons, who were sore troubled at the displacing Sir Harry Vape, whom they looked upon as removed for having done them those offices they stood in need of ; and the disdain of so popular an incumbrance wrought upon him next to the other. For as he had a full appetite of fame by just and generous actions, so he had an equal contempt of it by any servile expedients : and he so much the more consented to, and approved the justice upon Sir Harry Vane, in his own private judgment, by how much he surpassed most men in the religious observation of a trust, the violation whereaf he would not admit of any excuse for.
For these reasons, he submitted to the King's command, and became his Secretary, with as humble and devoted an acknowledge ment of the greatness of the obligation as could be expressed, and as true a sense of it in his heart. Yet two things he could never bring himself to, whilst he continued in that office, that was to his death ; for which he was contented to be reproached, as for omissions in a most necessary part of his place. The one, employing of spies, er giving any countenance or entertainment to them, I do not mean such emissaries, as with danger would venture to view the enemies' camp, and, oring intelligence of their number, or quartering, or any particulars that such an observation can comprehend; but those, who by communication of guilt, or dissimulation of manners, wind them- . selves into such trụsts and secrets, as enable them to make discoveries. The other, the liberty of opening letters, upon a suspicion that they might contain matter of dangerous consequence.
He had a courage of the most clear and keen temper, and so far from fear, that he seemed not without some appetite of danger; and therefore, upon any occasion of action, he always engaged his person in those troops, which he thought by the forwardness of the commanders, to be most like to be farthest engaged; and in all such encounters, he had about him an extraordinary cheerfulness, without at all affecting the execution that usually attended them; in which be took no delight, but took pains to prevent it, where it was not, by resistance, made necessary,: insomuch that at Edge-hill, when the enemy was routed, he was like to have incurred great peril, by interposing to save those who had thrown away their arms, and against whom, it may be, others were more fierce for their having thrown them away: so that a man might think he came into the field chjefly, out of curiosity to see the face of danger, and charity to prevent the shedding of blood.
From the entrance into this unnatural war, his natural cheerfulness and vivacity grew clouded, and a kind of sadness and dejection of spirit stole upon him, which, he had never been used to : yet, being one of those who believed that one battle would end all differences, and that there would be so great a victory on one side, that the other would be compelled to submit to any conditions from the victor, (which, supposition and conclusion generally sunk into the minds of
most men, and prevented the looking after many advantages that might then have been laid hold of, he resisted those indispositions. But after the furious resolution of the two Houses not to admit any treaty for peace, those indispositions, which had before touched him, grew into a perfect habit of uncheerfulness; and he, who had been so exactly easy and affable to all men, that his face and countenance was always present and vacant to his company, and held any cloudiness,
and less pleasantness of the visage, a kind of rudeness or incivility, became, on a sudden, less communicable; and thence, very sad, pale, and exceedingly affected with the spleen. In his clothes and habit, which he had minded before always with more neatness, and industry, and expence, than is usual to so great a soul, he was not now only incurious, but too negligent: and in his reception of suitors, and the necessary, or casual addresses to his place, so quick, and sharp, and severe, that there wanted not some men (strangers to his nature and disposition) who believed him proud and imperious; from which no mortal man was ever more free.
When there was any overture, or hope of peace, he would be more erect and vigorous, and exceedingly solicitous to press any thing which he thought might promote it, and sitting among his friends, often, after a deep silence and frequent sighs, would, with a shrili and sad accent, ingeminate the word peace, peace; and would passionately profess, that the very agony of the war, and the view of the calamities and desolation the kingdom did and must endure, took his sleep from him, and would shortly break his heart. This made some think, or. pretend to think, that he was so much enamoured on peace; that he would have been glad the King should have bought it at any price;' which was a most unreasonable calumny. man that was himself the most punctual and precise in every
circumstance that might reflect upon conscience or honour, could have wished the King to have committed a trespass against either. And yet this senseless scandal made some impression upon him, or at least he used it for an excuse of the daringness of his spirit; for at the leaguer before Gloucester, when his friend passionately reprehended him for exposing his person unnecessarily to danger, (for he delighted to visit the trenches, and nearest approaches, and to discover what the enemy did,) as being so much beside the duty of his place, that it might be understood rather to be against it, he would say merrily,
that bis office could not take away the privilege of his age; and that a Secretary in war might be present at the greatest secret of danger ;' but withal, alleged seriously, that it concerned him to be more active in enterprises of hazard than other men ; that all might see that his impatiency for peace proceeded not from pusillanimity, or fear to adventure his own person.'
In the morning before the battle, as always upon action, he was very cheerful, and put himself into the first rank of the Lord Byron's regiment, then advancing upon the enemy, who had lined the hedges on both sides with musketeers ; from whence he was shot with a. musket in the lower part of the belly : and in the instant falling
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