judge the most valid, and direct the foreign course of
chap. XII.} 1765. May 19.
England at his pleasure.
His views of the course to be pursued at home implied the condemnation of general warrants, a peerage for Pratt
, and the restoration of Conway
and other officers, dismissed for their opinions.
‘The terms,’ said Cumberland
, ‘are perfectly just, and must be agreed to.’
For the treasury Temple
was declared acceptable.
‘Chalk out a list of such as you would wish to fill all the posts of business,’ thus Cumberland
earnestly entreated him, ‘and I answer for it, the king will instantly adopt it.’
And it is certain, that in the conduct of this negotiation no obstacle arose from the palace.
But the wayward Temple
had taken part in the interview.
‘I did not want inducements,’ said he, ‘to accept of the great post that presented itself as a supplicant at my gate;’ but, in his excessive jealousy of Bute
, and his newly revived affection for his brother, he refused to royalty the small alms which it begged; and without the concurrence of Temple, Pitt
could not overcome his own well-founded scruples.
The ministry now set no bounds to their arro-
gance; and resolved to brave and overcome the still obstinate resistance from the king.
Exaggerating the danger from the continuance of the riots, Halifax
, on Monday, obeying Bedford
's directions about the disposition of the troops, wrote to the king to appoint the Marquis
, their partisan, to the command in chief, insinuating against Cumberland
the old and just charge of cruelty and want of popularity; while the king himself, in violation of the constitution, privately ordered Cumberland to act as captain-general.
Meantime, the House of Lords