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CHURCHILL, John. 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). Autograph letter signed ("Marlborough"), to Thomas, 1st Lord of Coningsby, Camp at Sefelingen, 21 August 1704. 1 page, 4to, blank integral leaf, recipient's docket and two later dockets along top edge.
CHURCHILL, John. 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). Autograph letter signed ("Marlborough"), to Thomas, 1st Lord of Coningsby, Camp at Sefelingen, 21 August 1704. 1 page, 4to, blank integral leaf, recipient's docket and two later dockets along top edge.
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CHURCHILL, John. 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). Autograph letter signed ("Marlborough"), to Thomas, 1st Lord of Coningsby, Camp at Sefelingen, 21 August 1704. 1 page, 4to, blank integral leaf, recipient's docket and two later dockets along top edge.

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CHURCHILL, John. 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). Autograph letter signed ("Marlborough"), to Thomas, 1st Lord of Coningsby, Camp at Sefelingen, 21 August 1704. 1 page, 4to, blank integral leaf, recipient's docket and two later dockets along top edge.

"WE HAD A SECOND AND MUCH GREATER VICTORY WHICH I HOPE WILL SOON MAKE AN END OF THE WAR IN THIS COUNTRY"

CHURCHILL'S FAMOUS ANCESTOR CELEBRATES HIS GREAT VICTORY AT BLENHEIM. "I had not time to thank you for your kind congratulation on our success at Schelinberg," Marlborough writes, "before we had a gain'd a second and much greater Victory [at Blenheim], which I hope will soon make an end of the War in this country..." In July Marlborough captured the Franco-Bavarian garrison at Schellenberg Heights. This allowed him to cross the Danube into Bavaria, where his 52,000 man force vanquished the 56,000 man strong Franco-Bavarian army at Blenheim on 13 August 1704. Some 30,000 French troops were killed, wounded or captured. Even the French commander, Marshal Tallard, became a prisoner.

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