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[136] gave warning that it was a ‘point of the highest im-
chap. VIII.} 1763. July.
portance,’1 and declined to implicate himself in the plans for taxing America.2

This refusal on the part of Shelburne neither diminished the stubborn eagerness of Egremont nor delayed the action of the treasury department; and. as it had been decided that America was to be taxed by parliament to defray the additional expense of its military establishment, it belonged to Jenkinson, the principal Secretary of the Treasury, from the nature of his office, to prepare the business for consideration.3 Grenville would have esteemed himself unpardonable if he could have even thought of such a measure as the stamp act, without previously making every possible inquiry into the condition of America.4 In addition to the numerous public reports and correspondence, information was sought from men who were esteemed in England as worthy of trust in all situations, and the exaggerated accounts given by the officers who had been employed in America, dispelled every

1 Lords of Trade to Egremont, 8 June (E. and A., 275), 1763.

2 Grenville Diary, Tuesday, 13 Dec., 1763; Grenville Papers, II. 238: ‘He (Henley) told him (G. G.) that the king had told his lordship, in the sumner, that upon occasion of some disputes between Lord Egremont and Lord Shelburne, relating to the Board of Trade, Lord Mansfield had given it as his advice to his Majesty, to show favor to Lord Shelburne, in order to play them one against the other, and by that means to keep the power in his own hands.’

This, as far as it proves any thing, tends to show that the king was not the author of the high American measures, though he approved them and wished them to be adopted.

3 See the note to Grenville Papers, by their editor, II. 373, and compare Jenkinson to Grenville, 2 July, 1764.

4 G. Grenville, in Cavendish, i. 494, Debate of fifth of March, 1770: ‘I should have been unpardonable, if I had thought of such a measure (as the stamp act) without having previously made every possible inquiry into the condition of America. Sir, I had information from men of the first respectability, of the first trust; men who, in all situations, and upon every occasion, are worthy of credit.’

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