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[169] Pitt spoke with great ability;1 Grenville, in answer-
chap. IX.} 1763. Nov.
ing him, went through all the business of the summer, and laid before the house his plans of economy; contrasting them with the profusion which had marked the conduct of the war. He was excessively applauded during the whole course of his speech, and afterwards complimented and congratulated by numbers of people upon the firmness of his conduct and the establishment of the king's government, which now seemed thoroughly settled. The king repeated to him the praises bestowed on the superiority of talent and judgment with which he had spoken.2

In the ensuing debate on the question, whether the privilege of parliament preserved a member from being taken up for writing and publishing a libel, Charles Yorke, the great lawyer of the Rockingham whigs, spoke against the claim of privilege, and the house decided by a great majority, that a member of parliament, breaking the laws, is not privileged against arrest. Nor would Grenville or the king brook opposition; Barre, the gallant associate of Wolfe, was dismissed from the army for his votes, and the brave and candid Conway from the army and from his place in the bed-chamber. Shelburne also was not to remain the king's aidde-camp.

The House of Commons entering upon the consideration of supplies with entire confidence in the minister, readily voted those necessary for the military establishment in the colonies; and this was followed

1 Barrington to Mitchell, quoted in Chat. Corr. II. 262.

2 Grenville in Diary, 16 Nov. II. 224, 225.

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