done by granting to the king the same duties and imposts, that, in the plantations, are usually granted from year to year.
But neither the blunt decision of Bedford, nor the arrogant self-reliance of Halifax, nor the restless activity of Charles Townshend, could, of a sudden, sway the system of England in a new direction, or overcome the usages and policy of more than a half century.
But new developments were easily given to the commercial and restrictive system.
That the colonies might bet; and its people were rapidly gaining skill at the furnace and the forge.
Journals of Commons, XXV., 979, 986, 993. 1750, the subject engaged the attention of the House of Commons.
To check the danger of American rivalry, Charles Townshend was placed at the head of a committee, on which Horatio Walpole, senior, and Robert Nugent, afterwards Lord Clare,—a man of talents, yet not free from bombast and absurdities,
Walpole's Memoirs of Geo. II., i, 171, and Letters.—were amon