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‘ [442] opinion, his Majesty has judged it proper to direct me
chap. XIX.} 1762.
to express his sentiments on the conduct of the Assembly of your province, that they may not deceive themselves by supposing that their behavior is not seen here in its true light.’1 The despatch bore the impress of George the Third, and shadowed forth his intentions.

The reprimand of the legislature of Pennsylvania was delayed till Sir Jeffrey Amherst could report its disregard of his final appeal. On receiving from him full accounts, a similar letter conveyed to the Assembly of Pennsylvania ‘the king's high disapprobation of their artfully evading to pay any obedience to his Majesty's requisitions.’2

No one was more bent on reducing the colonies to implicit obedience than the blunt, humane, and honest, but self-willed Duke of Bedford, who, on the sixth day of September, sailed for France with full powers to negotiate a peace. Scarcely was he gone, before Egremont, Pitt's successor, desiring, like Pitt, to conduct the negotiation from ministry to ministry, limited the powers of Bedford. The angry duke remonstrated to Bute, who just then, in company with the Duke of York, had been decorated with the order of the Garter, at a very full chapter, where Temple sat directly by his side in silent sullenness. The prime minister incurred the enmity of Egremont, by promising to ask of the cabinet a restitution to Bedford of his full powers. ‘Are you sure of the cabinet's concurrence?’ asked Rigby. ‘The king will be ’

1 H. Sharpe to Egremont, 25 April, Egremont to H. Sharpe, 10 July, 1762.

2 Egremont to Gov. of Pennsylvania, 27 Nov., 1762.

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