the occasion to escape from the care of America1
the Northern Department.
There appeared a great and general backwardness2
to embark with Rockingham
had hardly accepted a lucrative post, before he changed his mind and excused himself.
Lord Howe would not serve unless under Pitt
Lord Hardwicke also refused the place left vacant by Grafton
; so did his brother, Charles Yorke
; and so did Egmont; till at last it fell to the husband of Conway
's step-daughter, the liberal, self-confident Duke
; who added grace and courtesy of manners to firm affections, but was swayed by a violent and undiscerning ambition, that far outran his ability.5
He, too, shunned6
the conduct of American affairs, and they were made over to a new Department of State, which Dartmouth was to accept,7
and which Charles Townshend
avowed his hope of obtaining from a future Administration.
Once, to delay his fall, Rockingham
suggested a coalition8
with the Duke
In saloons, female politicians, at their game of loo, divined the ruin of the Ministry, and were zealots for governing the colonies by the hand of power.9
half suppressed murmurs mingled with the general transport.
Arbitrary taxation by Parliament10
began to be compared with restrictions on industry