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[261] intimated that the mob had been instigated to attack
chap. XII.} 1765. May 19.
him by Lord Bute; for he saw the hand of Bute in every thing that he disliked. ‘Believe no such thing,’ said the king. ‘I shall give every order necessary for your safety.’ ‘Sir,’ said Bedford, ‘I believe it; for your honor is pledged to do so, and your authority is already but too deeply wounded by the daily attacks on one of your ministers, and a peer of the realm, for having given his opinion in parliament.’

‘Thus,’ says the duke, ‘I left him.’ Bedford was blunt, as suited his open nature, warm as one who felt himself wronged, excited, as the bravest man might have been, after the risk of having his house torn down about his family. Unabashed, he meant to be plain-spoken, but not to be insolent, and, if he had been so, he did not know it. He was more independent than his royal master. The latter must have a ministry; the former was under no necessity of being of it. He went about, vowing vengeance on the courtiers who had exposed him to such unworthy treatment, and resolved to remain in power in spite of the king. ‘I can depend,’ said he, ‘on all my friends as well as colleagues. There have been examples of new ministries that have not been able to last more than four-and-twenty hours.’

Meantime, the royal envoy at Hayes was making the Great Commoner every offer. ‘I am ready to go to St. James's,’ said Pitt, ‘if I can carry the constitution along with me.’ Since his health was no longer equal to the post of secretary of state, he might select any station. For measures, he might balance the Bourbon alliance by any alliance that he should

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