of the finances, and the alleviation of the burdens
which pressed upon the country gentlemen of England
urged the payment of the salaries of the crown officers in the colonies, directly from England
, in accordance with the system which he had been maturing since 1748, Grenville
would not consent to it; and though Halifax
, at a formal interview with him, at which Hillsborough and Jenkinson
were present, became extremely heated and eager,1 Grenville
Nor would he listen to the suggestion, that the revenue to be raised in America
should constitute a fund to be disposed of under the sign manual of the king; he insisted that it should be paid into the receipt of the Exchequer, to be regularly appropriated by parliament.2
Nor did Grenville
ever take part in the schemes which were on foot to subvert the charters of the colonies, and control their domestic government.
Nor did he contribute to confer paramount authority on the military officers
On the contrary, he desired to keep the army subordinate to the law. He did not, indeed, insist that his colleagues should yield to his opinions, but, in parliament and elsewhere, he refrained from favoring the system which would have made the crown officers in America
, wholly independent of American legislatures; and have raised the military power in America
above the civil.
When, therefore, he came to propose