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was weak enough to make these Great Offices of Lord Lieutenants Hereditary in the persons of Several of the most powerful among the Nobility; the title of Duke was generaly apply'd to these Hereditary Governors who became not only overgrown Subjects, but almost independant Princes; far from time during all the Danish Wars, tho' oblig'd to furnish troops on certain occasions, they still were under their orders, & the Service done, return'd home with absolute power over their respective Governments. Edred & his Successors gave another Mortal blow to their Country, by neglecting the excellent Militia establish'd by Alfred, & keeping in their Steed a number of Mersenary foreign Soldiers, consisting