framed with Hesse
whose Elector bargained at high
rates for the use of his troops for the defence of Han over, or if needed, of the British
was sure of his majority in the House of Commons; but William Pitt
, though poor, and recently married, and holding the lucrative office of paymaster, declared his purpose of opposing the treaty with Russia
sent for Pitt
, offered him kind words from his sovereign, influence, preferment, confidence.
Expressing devotion to the king, Pitt
was inexorable; he would support the Hessian treaty, which was only a waste of money; but not a system of treaties, dangerous to the liberties of Germany
and of Europe
Nervous from fright, Newcastle
was disposed at once to resign power to Fox
. ‘You are not fit to be first minister,’ was the sneer of Granville
; and Newcastle
did not recover courage till in November Fox
consented to accept the seals and defend the treaties.
At the great debate,2 Pitt
taunted the majority, which was as three to one, with corruption and readiness ‘to follow their leader;’ and, indirectly attacking the subjection of the throne to aristocratic influence, declared that ‘the king owes a supreme service to his people.’
was dismissed from office, and George Grenville
, with Legge
, the Chancellor
of the Exchequer, and Charles Townshend
, went into retirement in his company.
Having nothing to rely on but the corrupt influence of the aristocracy, Newcastle
now sought to unite it, by a distribution of pensions and places.
This is the moment when Hillsborough first obtained an employment, when the family of Yorke