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The strength of the ministry was tested on their

chap. XXIV.} 1766. April.
introducing a new tax on windows. ‘The English,’ said Grenville, ‘must now pay what the colonists should have paid;’1 and the subject was referred to a committee by a diminished majority. Great Britain not only gave up the Stamp Tax, but itself defrayed the expenses2 of the experiment out of the sinking fund. The treasury asked what was to be done with the stamps in those colonies where the Stamp Act had not taken place?3 and they were ordered to be returned to England,4 where the curious traveller may still see bags of them, cumbering the office from which they were issued.

At the same time the merchants of London wrote to entreat the merchants of America to take no offence at the declaratory act, and in letters, which Rockingham and Sir George Saville5 corrected, the ministers signified to the dissenters in America, how agreeable the spirit of gratitude would be to the dissenters in England, and to the Presbyterians to the north of the Tweed.6

A change of ministry was more and more spoken of. The nation demanded to see Pitt in the government; and two of the ablest members of the cabinet, Grafton and Conway, continued to insist upon it. But Rockingham, who, during the repeal of the Stamp Act, had been dumb, leaving the brunt of the battle to be borne by Camden and Shelburne, was determined it should not be so;7 and Newcastle and Winchelsea

1 De Guerchy to Choiseul, 21 April.

2 Treasury Minute of 4 April.

3 Treasury Minute Book, XXXVII. 414. C. Lowondles to Beresfotrd, Treasury Letter look, XXIII., 296.

4 Treasury Minute Book, XXXVII. 214.

5 MS. draft of a letter with the corrections in my possession.

6 Moffat to Stiles, 18 March, 1766.

7 Grafton to Conway, 22 April, 1766.

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