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[389] that it was sure to return in spite of the royalist
Chap. XLVI.} 1771. Jan.
party and the Court, and even though he himself was never again to be intrusted with the conduct of affairs. The cause of royalty was, for the time, triumphant in the cabinets; and had America then risen, she would have found no friends to cheer her on.

At the same time the British Ministry attracted to itself that part of the Opposition which was composed of Grenville's friends. Now that he was no more, Suffolk became Secretary of State, instead of Weymouth; and Thurlow being promoted, Wedderburn, whose ‘credit for veracity’ Lord North so lately impeached, and who in his turn had denied to that Minister ‘honor and respectability,’—refused to go upon a forlorn hope; and with unblushing effrontery, leased his powers of eloquence to the Government in return for the office of Solicitor General.1 By these arrangements Lord North obtained twelve new votes.2

But the moral power of the Ministry gained still more from the vehement clamor with which its opponents condemned the wise settlement of the question respecting the Falkland Islands. Sir Robert Walpole had yielded to a similar clamor, and had yet lost his place; Lord North won the praise of good men by resisting it, and securing peace without a compromise of the public dignity. When the Administration needed for its defence no more than the exposition of the madness of modern wars

1 King to Lord North, 19 Dec. 1770.

2 Frances to the Duke de Lavrilliere, interim Minister for Foreign Affairs 12 January, 1771.

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