stipendiaries of the Crown, was selected as the crisis
Meantime Hillsborough was left with few supporters except the herd of flatterers who had soothed his vanity, and by their misrepresentations made him subservient to their selfishness.
, having become convinced that he had weakened the respect of the Colonies for a royal Govern ment, was weary of him; his colleagues disliked him, and conspired to drive him into retirement.1
The occasion was at hand.
had negotiated with the Treasury for a grant to a Company of about twenty-three millions of acres of land, south of the Ohio
and west of the Alleghanies
, from the fear that men in the backwoods would be too independent, opposed the project.2 Franklin
, a friend of the King
of the Council, Camden, the Secretaries of the Treasury
and others to become shareholders in his scheme; by their influence, the Lords
of Council disregarded the adverse report of the Board of Trade, and decided in favor of planting the new Province.4 Hillsborough
was too proud to brook this public insult; and the King
, soothing his fall by a patent for a British Earldom, accepted his resignation.
But his system remained behind him. When he was gone, Thurlow5
took care that the grant for the Western Province