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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.
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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