seals for the Northern Department.
Those of the Southern, which included the colonies, were intrusted to the Duke of Bedford.
The new secretary was a man of inflexible honesty and good — will to his country, untainted by duplicity or timidity.
His abilities were not brilliant; but his inheritance of the rank and fortune of his elder brother gave him political consideration.
In 1744, he had entered the Pelham ministry as First Lord of the Admiralty, bringing with him to that board George Grenville and the Earl of Sandwich.
In that station his orders to Warren contributed essentially to the conquest of Louisburg.
Thus his attention was drawn to the New World as the scene of his own glory.
In the last war he had cherished the darling project of conquering Canada, and the great and practicable views for America were said by Pitt to have sprung from him alone.
Proud of his knowledge of trade, and accustomed to speak readily on almost every subject, he entered without distrust on
delayed the works.
The English garrison, reduced by death during the winter, sickness, and the unfortunate battle, to twenty-two hundred effective men, exerted themselves with alacrity.
The women, and even the cripples, were set to light work.
In the French army not a word would be listened to of the possibility of failure.
But Pitt's sagacity had foreseen and prepared for all. A fleet at his bidding was on its way to relieve the city; and to his wife, the sister of Lord Temple and George Grenville, he was able to write in June,—Join, my love, with me, in most humble and grateful thanks to the Almighty.
The siege of Quebec was raised on the seventeenth of May, with every happy circumstance.
The enemy left their camp standing, abandoned forty pieces of cannon.
Swanton arrived there in the Vanguard on the fifteenth, and destroyed all the French shipping, six or seven in number.
Happy, happy day!
My joy and hurry are inexpressible.
Pitt to Lady Hester, 27 June