married the Countess Dowager
of Dalkeith, first
cousin to the Earl
, thought even more meanly of Bute
than of Newcastle
‘Silly fellow for silly fellow,’ said he, ‘it is as well to be governed by my uncle with a blue riband, as by my cousin with a green one.’
Restless at sharing the disgrace of an imbecile administration, which met every where with defeat except in the House of Commons, where corruption could do its work, and ashamed of the small degree of real power conceded to him, Fox
was unwilling to encounter a stormy opposition which would have had the country on its side.
‘My situation,’ said he to Newcastle
in October, ‘is impracticable;’1
and he left the cabinet.
At the same time Murray
declared that he, too, would serve as Attorney-General
no longer; he would be Lord Chief Justice
, with a peerage, or retire to private life.
dared not refuse or make more delay.
The place had been vacant a term and a circuit;2
the influence of Bute
and Leicester House prevailed to bring Murray
as Lord Mansfield upon the Bench, and into the House of Peers
There was no one in the House
, who, even with a sure majority, dared attempt to cope with Pitt
sought to negotiate with him. ‘A plain man,’ he answered, ‘unpractised in the policy of a court, must never presume to be the associate of so experienced a minister.’
‘Write to him yourself,’ said Newcastle
‘Don't boggle at it; you see the king wishes it; Lady Yarmouth