Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Sir Robert Walpole” in chapter 1 of George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 4, 15th edition.:

...ance with the maxims that prevailed at the Board of Trade. In April, 1724, the seals for the Southern Department and the colonies had been intrusted to the Duke of Newcastle. His advancement by Sir Robert Walpole , who shunned men of talents as latent rivals, was owing to his rank, wealth, influence over boroughs, and personal imbecility. For nearly four-and-twenty years he remained minister for British Amer...
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