of the English Ministers
Of Chatham's private letters perhaps few remain unpublished; Mr. Disney
imparted to me at the Hyde, two volumes of familiar notes, that passed between Chatham
, full of allusions to America.
of Lansdowne consented to my request for permission to go through the papers of his father, the Earl
of Shelburne, during the three periods of his connection with American affairs; and allowed me to keep them, till by a continued examination and comparison they could be understood in all their aspects.
Combined with manuscripts which I obtained in France, they give all the information that can be desired for illustrating Lord Shelburne's relations with America.
My thanks are also due to the Duke
of Grafton, for having communicated to me unreservedly the autobiography of the third Duke
of that name, who besides having himself been a Prime Minister, held office with Rockingham
, Chatham, Lord North, and Shelburne.
The late Earl
of Dartmouth showed me parts of the journal of his grandfather, written while he occupied the highest place at the Board of Trade.
Of all persons in England, it was most desirable to have a just conception of the character of the King
, when Minister at the Court of St. James, keeping up in his busiest hours the habit of doing kind offices, obtained for me from Lady Charlotte Lindsay
, copies of several hundred notes, or abstracts of notes from George the Third to her father Lord North
Afterwards I received from Lady Charlotte
herself communications of great interest, and her sanction to make such use of the letters, as I might desire, even to the printing of them all. Others written by the King
in his boyhood to his governor Lord Harcourt
, Mr. Harcourt
was so obliging as to allow me to peruse at Nuneham.