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[103] he proved how an able man may quietly gain every
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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,2 ‘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. But Townshend, though, for the present, he declined office, took care to retain the favor of the king by zeal against popular commotions.3 The Duke of Bedford, too, refused to join the ministry after the advancement of Egremont and Grenville, 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 ’

1 Bute to Beford, 2 April, 1763, in Wiffen and Bedford Correspondence.

2 Newcastle to Pitt, 9 April 1763, in Chatham Correspondence, II. 221.

3 Gilly Williams to George Selwin, in Jesse's George Selwin, i. 189.

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