greatest of orators, for his words
swayed events, opening the gates of futurity to a better culture.
Impassioned as was his manner, there was truth in his arguments, that were fitly joined together, so that his speech in its delivery was as a chain cable in a thunder storm, along which the lightning pours its flashes without weakening the links of iron.
Men in America
, for the moment, paid no heed to the assertion of parliamentary authority to bind manufactures and trade; they exulted at knowing that the Great Commoner had, in the House of Commons, taken up what Mansfield
and the king called ‘the trumpet of sedition,’ and thanked God for America
On the very next day the Duke
recommended to the king to send for Pitt
, and hear his sentiments on American affairs.
Had this been done, and had his opinion prevailed, who can tell into what distant age the question of American independence would have been adjourned?
But at seven o'clock in the evening of the sixteenth, Grafton
was suddenly summoned to the palace.
The king was in that state of ‘extreme agitation’ which so often afflicted him when he was thwarted; and avowing designs, leading to a change of ministry of a different kind, he commanded the duke to carry no declaration from him to Pitt
Two hours later he gave an audience to Charles Townshend
, whom he endeavored, though ineffectually, to persuade to take a principal part in forming a new administration.
nevertheless, himself repaired to Pitt
, and sought his confidence.
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