On that same day the regency bill, with the
amendment, rehabilitating the princess dowager, was accepted by the House of Lords.
It so happened, that in the same sitting a bill came up, raising the duties on silks, for the benefit of English weavers.
In the Commons it had been countenanced by Grenville
, who was always the friend of the protective policy; and it had the approval of the king.
having, like Edmund Burke
, caught the more liberal views of political economy which were then beginning to prevail, especially in France
and in Scotland
, spoke on the side of freedom of trade; and the bill was refused a second reading.
The silk weavers were exasperated; professing to believe that Bedford
had been bought by the French
On Tuesday they went in a large body to Richmond
to petition the king for redress.
, at that time, was explaining his commission to Rockingham
, both of whom were zealous for the proposed change.
, therefore, communicated, in his name, with Pitt
, who terminated a conversation of four hours without an engagement, yet without a negative.
, as he watched the negotiation, complained of Pitt
's hesitancy, and derided his ‘fustian.’
were summoned to town.
asked, if a ministry could be formed out of the minority, without Pitt
; and received for answer, that ‘nothing so formed could be stable.’
‘The wings of popularity were on Pitt
Lord Temple, who had not one personal quality
that fitted him to become a minister, but derived all