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[168] agreed to extend the frontier of the settlement
chap. IX.} 1763. Nov.
of Georgia. From this time dates the prosperity of that province, of which the commerce, in ten years, increased almost five fold.

For these vast regions Grenville believed he was framing a perfect system of government. If he was ignorant as to America, in England he understood his position, and proudly and confidently prepared to meet that assembly, in which English ambition contends for power. His opponents were divided, Charles Yorke, the attorney-general, had resigned, but so reluctantly, that in doing it he burst out into tears. Newcastle and his friends designed him as their candidate for the high station of Lord Chancellor, which was the great object of his ambition. But Pitt would never hear of it. ‘My resistance of my Lord Mansfield's influence,’ said he, ‘is not made in animosity to the man, but in opposition to his principles.’ Since through Charles Yorke the ways of thinking of Lord Mansfield would equally prevail in Westminster Hall, he cared not to hear the name of Yorke sound the highest among the long robe, and he dismissed from his mind the vain dream that any solid union on revolution principles was possible under the various entanglements.1 So when parliament assembled, Yorke was with the court in principle, and yet a leader of the opposition. On the first night of the session there were two divisions relating to Wilkes, and on both the ministers had a majority of nearly three to one.

In the debate on the king's speech and the address,

1 Grenville Papers, II. 149, 218, 239. Chatham Correspondence, II. 261.

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