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[175] of the officers of the Romney1 met little
Chap. XXXV.} 1768. July.
notice. At the same time2 letters arrived from Virginia, with their petitions and memorial, ‘expressed,’ said Blair, the President of the Council, “with modesty and dutiful submission;” but under the calmest language, uttering a protest against the right of Parliament to tax America for a revenue.

The party of Bedford, and the Duke himself, spoke openly of the necessity of employing force to subdue the inhabitants of Boston, and to make a striking example of the most seditious, in order to inspire the other Colonies with terror.3 This policy, said Weymouth, will be adopted.

Shelburne, on the contrary, observed, that people very much exaggerated the difficulty; that it was understood in its origin, its principles, and its consequences; that it would be absurd to wish to send to America a single additional soldier, or vessel of war, to reduce Colonies, which would return to the mother country of themselves from affection and from interest, when once the form of their contributions should be agreed upon.4 But his opinions had no effect, except that the King became ‘daily’ more importunate with Grafton, that Shelburne should be dismissed.5

The Cabinet were also ‘much vexed’ at Shelburne's reluctance to engage in secret intrigues with Corsica, which resisted its cession by Genoa to France. The subject was, therefore, taken out of his

1 De Berdt's Memorial, 24 July, 1768. Twelve affidavits sent from Boston in June.

2 Narrative of Facts relative to American affairs.

3 Frances to Choiseul, 29 July, 1768.

4 Frances to Choiseul, 29 July, 1768.

5 Grafton's Autobiography.

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