This note and this memorial, containing the men-
ace of a Spanish war, gave Pitt
To the private intercession of the king he yielded but a little, and in appearance only, on the subject of the fishery.
‘I was overruled,’ said he afterwards, ‘I was overruled, not by the foreign enemy, but by another enemy;’ and at the next council he presented his reply to France
, not for deliberation, but acceptance.
dared not express dissent, and as Bedford
disavowed all responsibility and retired with indignant surprise, Pitt
, with the unanimous consent of the cabinet, returned the memorials relative to Prussia
and to Spanish affairs as wholly inadmissible; declaring that the king ‘would not suffer the disputes with Spain
to be blended in any manner whatever in the negotiations of peace between the two nations.’
On the twenty-ninth of July, Stanley
, bearing the ultimatum of England
, demanded Canada
; the fisheries, with a limited and valueless concession to the French
, and that only on the humiliating condition of reducing Dunkirk
; half the neutral islands, especially St. Lucia
, that is, a monopoly of the slave-trade; Minorca; freedom to assist the king of-Prussia; and British ascendency in the East Indies
The ministers of Spain
could not conceal their exultation.
‘My honor,’ replied Choiseul
to the English
will be the same fifty years hence as now; I am as indifferent to my place as Pitt can be; I admit with out the least reserve the king's propensity to peace, his Majesty may sign such a treaty as England demands, but my hand shall never be to that deed.
Thackeray's Life of Chatham, II. 580.