previous next
[249] to be refractory; so that when Charles Towns-
chap. X.} 1756.
hend, on one occasion, showed himself ready to second Fox in opposition, Pitt was obliged to chide him, before the whole House, as deficient in common sense or common integrity; and, as Fox exulted in his ally, exclaimed, loud enough to be heard by half the assembly, ‘I wish you joy of him.’ The court, too, was his enemy. George the Second, spiritless and undiscerning, and without affection for Leicester House, liked subjection to genius still less than to aristocracy. ‘I do not look upon myself as king,’ said he, ‘while I am in the hands of these scoundrels,’ meaning Pitt as well as Temple.1 On the other hand, Prince George, in March, sent assurances to Pitt of ‘the firm support and countenance’ of the heir to the throne. ‘Go on, my dear Pitt,’ said Bute; ‘make every bad subject your declared enemy, every honest man your real friend. How much we think alike. I, for my part, am unalterably your most affectionate friend.’2 But even that influence was unavailing. In the conduct of the war the Duke of Cumberland exercised the chief control; in the House of Commons the friends of Newcastle were powerful; in the council the favor of the king encouraged opposition.

America was become the great object of European attention; Pitt, disregarding the churlish cavils of the Lords of Trade,3 at once pursued towards the colonies the generous policy, which afterwards called forth all their strength, and ensured their affections. He respected their liberties, and relied on their willing co-operation. Halifax was planning taxation by

1 Glover's Memoirs, 55. Waldegrave's Memoirs, 95, 96.

2 Chatham Correspondence, i. 224.

3 Lords of Trade to Sec. W. Pitt, 21 January, 1757.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States) (2)
Halifax (Canada) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
William Pitt (4)
Henry Fox (2)
Waldegrave (1)
Temple (1)
Newcastle (1)
Glover (1)
Bute (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
January 21st, 1757 AD (1)
1756 AD (1)
March (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: