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Chapter 23:

The repeal of the Stamp Act—Rockingham's Adminis-Tration continued.


February, 1766.

on Tuesday, the fourth of February, the party of
chap. XXIII.} 1766. Feb.
Bedford and the old ministry of Grenville coalesced with the friends of prerogative to exercise over the colonies the power, which it had just been resolved that parliament rightfully possessed. The ministry desired to recommend to them to compensate the sufferers by the American riots. The opposition, by a vote of sixty-three to sixty, changed the recommendation into a parliamentary requisition.1 The new tory party already had a majority of votes in the House of Lords.

The next morning, Rockingham and Grafton; much irritated at this usage, went to court and proposed the removal from office of one or two of those who had appeared to be the most hostile; but the king, recently so eager to dismiss those who opposed him, refused his assent.2 On the night of the fifth of February, the same

1 Chatham Corr. II. 376. Grafton's Autobiography. De Guerchy to the Duke de Praslin, 4 Feb. and 7 Feb., 1766.

2 Grafton's Autobiography.

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