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In the spring of 1720, the administration of Lord CHAP. Stanhope had attained a high pitch of success and renown. By negotiation, he had driven Alberoni 1720. from Madrid; by force, the Spaniards from Sicily. The authority of the Regent had been secured in France, and his friendship with England confirmed; and some fresh difficulties which arose after Stanhope had left Paris in January, were adjusted by another journey of that Minister in March. At the same time the Cabinet of Vienna had been brought into a concert of measures and the ancient alliance renewed with the Dutch. In the North, the confederacy against Sweden had been successfully broken ; Prussians, Danes, and Poles were disarmed; and the languid hostilities which the Czar still continued from his want of temper, must, it was evident, speedily terminate from

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