he proved how an able man may quietly gain every
object of his ambition, if he is but so far the master of his own mind as to make desire wait upon opportunity and fortune.
His old age was one of dignity, cheered by the unabated regard of the king; and in the midst of physical sufferings, soothed and made happy by the political success of one son and the affectionate companionship of another.
The blot on his life was his conduct respecting America
; the thorough measures which Charles Townshend
had counselled with dangerous rashness, and which George Grenville
in part resisted, Jenkinson
was always ready to carry forward with tranquil collectedness.
The king wished to see Townshend
at the head of the admiralty.1
‘My nephew Charles,’ reasoned Newcastle
‘will hardly act under George Grenville
;’ and it proved so. A sharp rivalry existed between the two, and continued as long as both lived; each of them, in the absence of Pitt
, aiming to stand first in the House of Commons, and in the Government
, though, for the present, he declined office, took care to retain the favor of the king by zeal against popular commotions.3
, too, refused to join the ministry after the advancement of Egremont
, who, at the time of his negotiating the peace, had shown him so much ill-will.
He advised the employment of the old whig aristocracy.
‘I know,’ said he, ‘the administration cannot last; should I take in it the place of ’