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e sea, as the cause of all misfortunes. Newcastle suggested trifles, to delay a decision. If we are convinced it must be war, I, said Cumberland, have no notion of not making the most of the strength and opportunity in our hands. The Earl of Granville was against meddling with trade. It is vexing your neighbors for a little muck. I, said Newcastle, the prime minister, think some middle way may be found out. He was asked what way. To be sure, he replied, Hawke must go out; but he may be och was only a waste of money; but not a system of treaties, dangerous to the liberties of Germany and of Europe. Nervous from fright, Newcastle was disposed at once to resign power to Fox. You are not fit to be first minister, was the sneer of Granville; and Newcastle did not recover courage till in November Fox consented to accept the seals and defend the treaties. At the great debate, Walpole's Memoires of George I., i. 418. Pitt taunted the majority, which was as three to one, with corr
the prime minister and the chancellor, the young man of eighteen, with many professions of duty to the king, expressed his desires, nay, his fixed resolutions, to have the free choice of his servants. Chatham Corr. i. 171. This family, said Granville of the Hanoverian dynasty, always has quarrelled, and will quarrel from generation to generation. Walpole's Memoires, II. 63, 85, 86. Having wantoned with the resentment of the successor and his mother, Newcastle became terrified and yieldedo his loyalty. Newcastle to Hardwicke, 20 Oct. 1756. But Pitt, who had never before waited upon Lady Yarmouth, now counterworked the duke by making a Long visit to the king's mistress. The duke attempted to enlist Egremont, offered power to Granville, and at last, having still an undoubted majority in the House of Commons, the great leader of the Whig aristocracy was compelled to recognise the power of opinion in England as greater than his own, and most reluctantly resigned. The Whig part
to our satisfaction. Still the exertion of the extreme authority of parliament was postponed. The Privy Council was as yet persuaded, that they, with the king, had of themselves plenary power to govern America. Your American Assemblies, said Granville, its President, to Franklin, slight the king's instructions. They are drawn up by grave men, learned in the laws and constitution of the realm; they are brought into Council, thoroughly weighed, well considered, and amended, if chap. XI.} 17d done little, except in the hope of distressing Canada and the French islands by famine, to lay grievous restrictions on the export of provisions from the British colonies. 30 Geo. II., c. IX. The act produced a remonstrance. America, said Granville, the Lord President, to the complaint of its agents, America must not do any thing to interfere with Great Britain in the European markets. If we plant and reap, and must not ship, retorted Franklin, your Lordship should apply to parliament fo
hat he was becoming sombre and anxious; Flassan, VI. 406. for his own king had prepared for him opposition in the cabinet. The peace which is offered, said Granville, the July. Lord President, is more advantageous to England than any ever concluded with France, since King Henry the Fifth's time. I pray to God, said Bedford d; the taking it disables their hands and strengthens ours. Bute, speaking the opinion of the king, was the first to oppose the project as rash and ill-advised; Granville wished not to be precipitate; Temple supported Pitt; Newcastle was neuter. During these discussions, all classes of the people of England were gazing at the pag my conduct, I will not remain in a situation which makes me responsible for measures I am no longer allowed to guide. If the right honorable gentleman, replied Granville, be resolved to assume the right of directing the operations of the war, to what purpose are we called to this council? When he talks of being responsible to th