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[259] transacted the business; but the secretaries of state
chap. XII.} 1765. May 16.
claimed equal power, as in the months of the triumvirate; in the language of Woburn, Bedford was my minister; and, in point of fact, the ministers were four. Now, however, Bedford took the undisputed lead, insisting that they all should act in perfect union; and Grenville, concealing his deep distrust of his colleagues, gave and received promises to withstand the court with inseparable fidelity.

On Friday, Albemarle repaired once more to Pitt,

but met no success. In London, the weavers, threatening death to the duke of Bedford, assembled in the evening round his house, which they might have sacked and destroyed but for the timely presence of an armed force. The town was in commotion, and persons of all parties hastened to Bedford House to mark their abhorrence of the riot and their joy at its suppression. The dismissing Bedford at such a moment had the aspect of inviting the mob to dictate a new ministry. Public sympathy turned on the side of the duke. ‘To attempt changing the government,’ said Lord Mansfield, ‘is madness, infatuation, and utter ruin to the king's authority forever.’

But the king had all the impatience of offended

pride, excited by sleeplessness and nervous disease. Having received the report of the questions concerted between Pitt and Temple, he said to the duke of Cumberland, on Saturday, in the kindest terms and most explicit words: ‘I put myself wholly in this affair into your hands.’ Early, therefore, on Sunday, the nineteenth of May, the prince hastened to visit Pitt, inviting Temple to join them at a later hour. His journey was a

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