sters, whose measures, they insisted, had prevailed by artifices against the real opinion of Parliament; and the coming hour was foretold, when he British Augustus would grieve for the obscuring of the glories of his reign by the loss, not of a province, but of an empire more extensive than that of Rome;
Chap. XXV.} 1766.
May. not of three legions, but of whole nations.
Lloyd's Conduct of the Late Administration, &c., &c.
No party in England could prevent an instantaneous reaction.
Pitt had erected no stronger bulwark for America than the shadowy partition which divides internal taxation from imposts regulating commerce; and Rockingham had leapt over this slight defence with scorn, declaring the power of Parliament to extend of right to all cases whatsoever.
But they who give absolute power, give the abuse of absolute power; —they who draw the bolts from the doors and windows, let in the robber.
When the opinions of Bedford and Grenville became sanctioned as just principle