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‘ [327] on board,’ answered North, ‘are very capable of
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conducting her into port.’ All agreed that he spoke admirably well; inspiring such confidence that he prevailed by a majority of forty. ‘A very handsome majority,’1 said the King; ‘a very favorable auspice on your taking the lead in administration. A little spirit will soon restore order in my service.’2 From that night, the new Tory Party held possession of the Cabinet. Its opponents were divided between those who looked back to privilege as their old harbor of refuge, and those who saw beyond the abasement of the aristocracy a desirable increase of popular power.

1 King to Lord North, 3 February, 1770.

2 King to Lord North, 1 February, 1770.

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