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slature, and of the king's power in matters of their privilege. The details of the colonial administration belonged to Halifax. No sooner was the ministry definitively established, than Grenville, as the head of the treasury, proceeded to redeem the promise made to the House of Commons of an American revenue. The revenue from the customs in America could by no means produce a sufficient fund to meet the expenses of its military establishment. On the morning of the twenty-second day of Sep- chap. VIII.} 1763. Sept. tember, three lords of the treasury, George Grenville, Lord North, and one Hunter who completed the number requisite for the transaction of business, held a board in the room set apart for their use in Downingstreet, and, without any hesitancy or discussion, they adopted a minute directing Jenkinson, the First Secretary of the Treasury, to write to the Commissioners of the Stamp Duties to prepare the draft of a bill to be presented to parliament for extending the st