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Chapter 15:

The Duke of Cumberland forms a ministry—the Rocking-Ham whigs.

June—July, 1765.

while America was giving force to its resistance by
chap. XV.} 1765 June
union, divisions that could not be healed, planted confusion in the councils of its oppressors. We left the king quivering with wounded pride at the affront from his ministers. But far from giving way, he thwarted their suggestions about appointments to office, frowned on those whom they promoted, and publicly showed regard to his friends whom they displaced.

Grenville, in apparently confident security, continued his schemes of colonial revenue, and by the fourteenth of June, represented to the king, ‘that the Canadians were subject to taxation by virtue of his prerogative.’ But the duke of Bedford had already filled the palace with more rankling cares. The plain-spoken man, exasperated by the sense of his own unpopularity and by the coldness of the court, was growing weary of public life and wished to retire. On the twelfth of June, being resolved once more on an explanation, he recapitulated to his sovereign in person what had passed between him and his ministers on their resuming their functions, when

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