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chap. XVII.} 1761. July.
fishery?’ ‘Indeed,’ he pursued, with good judgment and good feeling,

the endeavoring to drive France entirely out of any naval power is fighting against nature, and can tend to no one good to this country; but, on the contrary, must excite all the naval powers in Europe to enter into a confederacy against us, as adopting a system of a monopoly of all naval power, dangerous to the liberties of Europe. . . .

. .In case it shall be decided to carry on the war for another campaign, I,

he added, ‘wash my hands from all the guilt of the blood that may be shed.’

At the king's special request, Bedford attended the cabinet council of the twentieth of July, to discuss the conditions of peace. All the rest who were present cowered before Pitt, in dread lest he should frown. Bedford ‘was the single man who dared to deliver an opinion contrary to his, though agreeable to every other person's sentiments.’1 ‘I,’ said Newcastle, ‘envy him that spirit more than his great fortune and abilities.’ But the union between France and Spain was already so far consummated, that, in connection with the French memorial, Bussy had on the fifteenth of July presented a note, requiring England to afford no succour to the king of Prussia, and a private paper, demanding, on behalf of Spain, indemnity for seizures, the right to fish at Newfoundland, and the demolition of the English settlements in the Bay of Honduras. ‘These differences, if not adjusted, gave room,’ it was said, ‘to fear a fresh war in Europe and America.’

1 Rigby in Wiffen, II. 472. See also Bedford Corr.

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