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[95] leaning his head upon his arm without speaking;1
chap. V.} 1763. Mar.
and at last when he consented to a change, it was on condition that in the new administration there should be no chief minister.

For a moment Grenville, to whom the treasury was offered, affected to be coy. ‘My dear George,’ said Bute as if he had been the dictator, ‘I still continue to wish for you preferable to other arrangements; but if you cannot forget old grievances, and cordially take the assistance of all the king's friends, I must in a few hours put other things in agitation;’2 and Grenville, ‘with a warm sense’ of obligation, accepted the ‘high and important situation’ destined for him by the king's goodness and his lordship's friendship,3 promising not ‘to put any negative’4 upon those whom the king might approve as his colleagues in the ministry. Bute next turned to Bedford, announcing the king's ‘abiding determination never, upon any account, to suffer those ministers of the late reign, who had attempted to fetter and enslave him, to come into his service while he lived to hold the sceptre.’5 ‘Shall titles and estates,’ he continued, ‘and names like a Pitt, that impose on an ignorant populace, give this prince the law?’6 And he solicited Bedford to accept the post of president of the council, promising, in that case, the privy seal to Bedford's brother-in-law, Lord Gower.

1 Grenville's Narrative, in the Grenville Papers, i. 435.

2 Bute to G. Grenville, in Grenville Papers, II. 33-39.

3 G. Grenville to Bute, in Grenville Papers, II. 33-39.

4 Ibid. 38.

5 Bute to Bedford, 2d April, 1768, in Wiffen's Memoirs of the House of Russell, II. 522. Lord John Russell's Correspondence of John, 4th Duke of Bedford, III. 224.

6 Wiffen, II. 523. Bedford Cor. III. 225.

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