promised friendly relations with Spain
, the king
directed, that, through Fuentes, the Spanish
ambassador at London
, the French court should be invited to renew its last propositions.
‘It is only with a second Pitt
,’ said Choiseul
, ‘that I should dare to treat on such offers.
War is the only part to be chosen.
Firmness and patience will not build ships for us; but they will give us a triumph over our enemies.’
As the weeks rolled on, and the Spanish
treasure ships arrived, Spain
used bolder language, and before the year was over, a rupture with that power was unavoidable.
Yet peace was still sought with perseverance; for it was the abiding purpose of the young sovereign to assert and maintain the royal authority in Great Britain
, in Ireland
, and in America
‘I was bred and will die a monarchy man,’ said Melcombe, who was to Bute
was to George the Third; ‘men of the city are not to demand reasons of measures; they must and they easily may be taught better manners.’
‘He is the best and most amiable master that ever lived since the days of Titus
,’ said Barrington
of the king, to whom he devoted himself entirely; having no political connection with any man, joining those who declared that it was for the king alone to consider whom he should raise to his council, or whom he should exclude for ever from his closet: God had adorned him with the prerogative, and left to his servants the glory of obedience.
‘Cost what it may,’ wrote Halifax, the Lord Lieutenant
, from Ireland
, ‘my good royal master's authority shall never suffer in my hands;’ and the measures for reducing the colonies also to obedience were in like manner vigorously prosecuted.