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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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Sunderland’s Ministry 1717–1720

Sunderland’s Ministry 1717–1720

(p.216) 15 Sunderland’s Ministry 1717–1720
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After the King returned from Hanover, the Whig ranks experienced a threatened split wherein the former secretary of state — Townshend — was pursued by Walpole and their supporters into opposition. By April 1717, however, a triumvirate composed of Cadogan, Stanhope, and Sunderland established a new administration, and such brought about several conflicts since both the Prince and Princess of Wales possessed different ambitions. Sarah openly expressed how she thought that the risk on damaging the interest of the Hanoverians was ill-advised. While the King retained power over the military institutions, his presence was also undeniably needed in dealing with issues regarding Sunderland's ministry and various arguments about command. At this point, since Marlborough fell ill, Sarah acted as the major intermediary to her husband with the events and matters of the outside world.

Keywords:   opposition, Cadogan, Stanhope, Sunderland, military institution, command

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