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[382] Conway, requested his advice as to the measures
chap. XXI.} 1766. Jan.
proper to be taken with regard to America, and expressed a desire, now or at any future time, for his reception among them as their head. This vague and indefinite offer of place, unsanctioned by the king, was but a concession from the aristocratic portion of the Whigs to a necessity of seeking support. Pitt remembered the former treachery of Newcastle, and being resolved never to accept office through him or his connections, he treated their invitation as an unmeaning compliment; declaring that he would support those and those only who acted on true revolution principles. The care of his health demanded quiet and absence from the chapel of St. Stephen's, but the excitement of his mind gave him a respite from pain. ‘My resolution,’ said he, ‘is taken, and if I can crawl or be carried, I will deliver my mind and heart upon the state of America.’

On the fourteenth day of January, the king acquainted parliament, that ‘matters of importance had happened in America, and orders been issued for the support of lawful authority.’ ‘Whatever remained to be done, he committed to their wisdom.’

The lords in their reply, which was moved by Dartmouth, pledged their ‘utmost endeavors to assert and support the king's dignity, and the legislative authority of the kingdom over its colonies.’ The friends of the king and of the late ministry willingly agreed to words which seemed to imply the purpose of enforcing the Stamp Act.

The meeting of the House of Commons was very full. The address proposed for their adoption was diffuse, and of no marked character, yet the speeches

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