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Chapter 24: The House of Lords give way with protests.— Rockingham's administration continued. February—May, 1766. The heat of the battle was over. The Stamp Act chap. XXIV.} 1766. Feb. was sure to be repealed; and every one felt that Pitt, would soon be at the head of affairs. Rockingham still aspired to interceptFeb. was sure to be repealed; and every one felt that Pitt, would soon be at the head of affairs. Rockingham still aspired to intercept his promotion, and engage his services. In its last struggle to hold place by the tenure which the king disliked, the old whig party desired to make of the rising power of the people its handmaid, rather than its oracle. But Pitt spurned to capitulate with the aristocracy. Rockingham's tone, said he, is that of a minister, mas
ertain the right.
To modify the act, answered Palmerston, would be giving up the right and retaining the oppression.
The motion for recommit
chap. XXIV.} 1766. Feb. ment, was rejected by a vote of two hundred and forty to one hundred and thirty-three; and the bill for the repeal was ordered to be brought in.
Upon this, Blac