Lords, as the mature result of his long reflection, a
most cautious beginning of Parliamentary reform.
The Reform of the English Parliament!
How much must take place before that event can come about.
Shrinking from the storm, Grafton
threw up his office.
affected regret, but had foreseen and provided against the contingency, being at this moment equally tranquil and resolved.1 Conway
hinted at trying Rockingham
and his friends.
‘I know their disposition,’ said the King
, ‘and I will not hear of them.
As for Chatham
, I will abdicate the crown sooner than consent to his requirements.’
Before the world knew of the impending change, he sent Weymouth
, of the Bedford
party, ‘to press Lord North in the most earnest manner to accept the office of First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury;’2
and he preceded their visit by a friendly autograph note of his own. Lord North did not hesitate; and the King
exerted all his ability and his ten years experience to establish the Minister
of his choice, teaching him how to flatter Conway
and “how to prevent desertion.”
On the last day of January, the new Prime Minister, amidst great excitement and the sanguine hopes of the opposition, appeared in the House of Commons. ‘The ship of state,’ said Barre
, ‘tossed on a stormy sea, is scudding under a jury-mast, and hangs out signals for pilots from the other side.’
‘The pilots ’