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of the trouble it has cost me."^ The statesmen of the
Grand Alliance took the same view. They had acted
wisely. In playing against a power which used the weapons
of diplomacy as often and as skilfully as the weapons of
war, they had produced their trump card when they sent
the first diplomatist of the age to Alt-Ranstadt. Inter-
cepted dispatches from Besenval to Versailles showed
that Louis' representative regarded his master's game as
lost.

In obedience to a pressing invitation from the King
of Prussia, Marlborough proceeded from Alt-Ranstadt to
Berhn, where he arrived on the 30th. Here he exerted
himself to soften the dislike which the King entertained for
Lord Raby, an ambassador whom Marlborough regarded
as by no means satisfactory, but whom he did not see his
way to have replaced. Having been presented by his host,
who was not famed for generosity, with " a diamond ring

^ Coxe, vol. ii., p. 54: The Duke to the Duchess, April 29/May 10, 1707.
* Ibid.

3 Murray, vol. iii., p. 349: Marlborough to Wratislaw, May i, 1707.
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466 THE WARS OF MARLBOROUGH

valued at £i,ooo,"^ the Duke set off on May 2 for Hanover,
which he reached on the 3rd. He apprised the Elector of
the result of his mission, and continuing his journey on
the 4th, came on the evening of Sunday the 8th to the
Hague.

1 Coxe, vol. ii., p. 53.



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