he had promised them his countenance and support.
‘Has this promise,’ he demanded, ‘been kept?
On the contrary, are not almost all our bitter enemies countenanced in public?
Has not the earl of Bute
, as the favorite, interfered, at least indirectly, in public councils, with the utmost hazard to himself, and risk to the king's quiet and the safety of the public?
I hope your majesty will be pleased to give you countenance to your ministers, and for the future let your support and your authority go together; or else that you will give your authority where you are pleased to give your favor.’
The king only answered, ‘that he was much hurt at being told of consulting Lord Bute.’
That ‘his silence was a symptom of amendment,’ was Rigby
's comment; for, said he, ‘to hold one's tongue is honester than to falsify all one says.’
At the same time the king was resolved to interpret the discourse of Bedford
as a resignation; though the colleagues of the duke were by no means disposed to retire, or to push matters so far as to provoke their dismissal.
‘The thoroughly wise Grenville
’ was expected to counterwork the king with Temple; for their reconciliation had been attended with the mutual engagement to act together in future; and if Temple and Pitt
would only be neuter, a removal of the ministry appeared impossible.
The king, who was resolved at all hazards to make a change, again appealed to Cumberland
, and through him summoned Pitt
to an audience.
On Wednesday, the nineteenth of June, in an interview which continued for three hours, the conversation turned not only on a Prussian alliance, an explanation of general warrants, and a repeal of the cider tax; but