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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 5, 13th edition. 4 0 Browse Search
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ephew Charles, reasoned Newcastle, Newcastle to Pitt, 9 April 1763, in Chatham Correspondence, II. 221. will hardly act under George Grenville; and it proved so. A sharp rivalry existed between the two, and continued as long as both lived; each of them, in the absence of Pitt, aiming to stand first in the House of Commons, and in the Government. But Townshend, though, for the present, he declined office, took care to retain the favor of the king by zeal against popular commotions. Gilly Williams to George Selwin, in Jesse's George Selwin, i. 189. The Duke of Bedford, too, refused to join the ministry after the advancement of Egremont and Grenville, who, at the time of his negotiating the peace, had shown him so much ill-will. He advised the employment of the old whig aristocracy. I know, said he, the administration cannot last; should I take in it the place of President of the Council, I should deserve to be CHAP. VI.} 1763. April. treated like a madman. Bedford to Bute,
ity of laying before the House, by their agents, any objections they may have to such a measure. The bill was rapidly carried through its several stages, was slightly amended, on the fourth of April was agreed to by the lords, and on the next day was approved by the king. England had avowedly undertaken to give and grant imposts on the American trade. The preamble declared that this was a contribution towards the requisite revenue which was said to be fixed at £ 330,000. Hutchinson to Williams. These new taxes, wrote Whately, the joint Secretary of the Treasury, will certainly not be sufficient to defray that share of the American expense, which America ought and is able to bear. Others must be added. Whately to Jared Ingersoll, 3, 4 That this was intended appeared also from the bill itself. This act had for the first time the title of granting duties in the colonies and plantations of America; for the first time it was asserted in the preamble, that it was just and necessar