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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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Paper Wars 1711–1712

Paper Wars 1711–1712

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As Sarah had already been able to give up her posts, she also had to submit the robe accounts and her final privy purse. For the latter, others suggested that she be allowed to claim the complete back payment that she was supposed to receive after the Queen offered her a certain amount in 1702. Since outstanding debts were supposedly paid through the resources from the privy purse, Harley was able to annoy Sarah more because he refused to discharge her robe accounts until she would be able to pay the Queen using her own money. Marlborough realized that since he could not control his wife and how she continuously expressed her thoughts in an aggressive manner, his position then became unsustainable. This chapter explains the implications of how Sarah attempted to send the Queen's letters into publication.

Keywords:   Queen's letters, publication, outstanding debt, privy purse, robe accounts

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