to be refractory; so that when Charles Towns-
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
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
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
, disregarding the churlish cavils of the Lords
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.
was planning taxation by