on the one side, and the Duke
on the other.
The anger of Bedford
towards Bute, for having Aug. communicated to the French
minister the instructions given him during his embassy, had ripened into a stiff, irrevocable hatred.
He was therefore willing to enter the ministry3
on condition of Bute's absence from the king's counsels and presence, and Pitt
's concurrence in a coalition of parties and the maintenance of the present relations with France
was willing to treat,5
had no objection to a coalition of parties, and could not but acquiesce in the peace, now that it was once made; but Bedford
had been his strongest opponent in the cabinet, had contributed to force him into retirement, and had negotiated the treaty which he had so earnestly arraigned.
to have accepted office with Bedford
would have been a marked adoption of the peace, alike glaringly inconsistent with his declared opinions and his engagements with the great Whig families6
So ended the attempt to supersede Egremont
, with Bedford
in the vacant chair of President
of the Council.
For a day or two the king hesitated, and had to endure the very long and tedious speeches of Grenville