First Duke of Marlborough; English military commander, noted for numerous successes against the French during the War of Spanish Succession; virtually regent of England during the reign of Queen Anne.
Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, March 3, 1718/9. To the Earl of Cadogan.
“I cannot refuse the request of Col. Symonds to recommend him to your favour, his long and faithfull services set forth in the enclos’d memorial I am very well acquainted with, as well as of his disappointments. You will see the late Queen granted him a warrant for half pay as Lieut. Colonel which he was deprived of soon after His Majesty’s accession to the throne and thereby left a considerable time in a starving condition ’till provided for in the invalids and has been now near two years on the establishment of half pay as Captain of a company of them which keeps him in very poor circumstances in a great age after an uncommon length of service. So that if anything further could be therefore done speedily to make him easy for the remainder of his days it would be a great satisfaction to me and any service you may think fit to do him shall be look’d on as a mark of friendship….”
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