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[264] he said, ‘You never have displeased me; I did not
chap. XII.} 1765. May 21.
mean to have removed you; I know nothing that could induce me to do it;’ and he sought to draw from him separately a positive promise to remain in his service. Grenville urged the necessity of consulting his colleagues; and met them for that purpose; but he had hardly begun the conference, before the king, who was in such a state of helpless restlessness, that for many days he had not slept two hours in twenty-four, sent for him again ‘to come to him that moment,’ showed great impatience on meeting him, and again pressed for his answer. Grenville, in the name of the rest, observed, that ‘before they should again undertake his affairs they must lay before him some questions.’ ‘Questions!’ said he, abruptly; ‘conditions you mean, sir; what are they?’

On Wednesday Grenville, in behalf of the four,

communicated to their sovereign the terms offered him for his capitulation. They were, that he should renew assurances against Bute's meddling in state affairs; that Mackenzie, Bute's brother, should be dismissed from his employment and place; that Lord Holland, the adviser of the plan for the regency bill, should meet with the same treatment; that Granby should be appointed commander-in-chief, to the exclusion of Cumberland; and that the ministers should settle the government in Ireland. Terms more humiliating could not have been devised.

On the next day Grenville called to receive the

king's submission. Of the insult to be offered to his uncle he obtained a modification; and no one was made commander-in-chief. He agreed that Bute

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