with him; and twice faithfully retired with him.
The long discussion that ensued deeply affected both; but Temple
inflexibly resisted Pitt
's judgment, declaration, and most earnest remonstrance; he would not consent to supplant the brother whose present measures he applauded, and with whom he had just been reconciled; and Pitt
felt himself disabled by this refusal.
As they parted, he said pathetically, in the words of a Roman poet: ‘You, brother, bring ruin on me, and on yourself, and on the people, and the peers, and your country.’
, on the morning of Tuesday, the twenty-second, received the visit of Grenville
, he appeared ‘under great agitation.’
He was still ‘nervous and trembling’ when he went in to the king, and declined ‘entering his service in any office,’ assigning reasons of the most tender and delicate nature, which he did not explain.
‘I am afraid,’ he added —and it was the king himself who repeated the remark—‘I foresee more misfortunes in your majesty's reign than in any former period of history.’
Deserted in this wise by the connection in whom he had trusted, Pitt
immediately sought an interview with the king, who accepted his excuses, and ‘parted from him very civilly.’
Thus passed what seemed to him the most difficult and painful crisis of his life.
‘All is now over with me,’ said he despondingly, ‘and by a fatality I did not expect;’ and with grief and disappointment in his heart, he retired into Somersetshire
‘Let us see,’ said the ministers, ‘if the duke of Cumberland
will be desperate enough to form an administration without Pitt