better understood Townshend
's character, said every
thing to dissuade Grafton
from taking such a man as his second; warning him of the many unexpected disappointments which he was preparing.
But ‘I was weak enough, very unwisely, to persist in my desire,’ Grafton
afterwards wrote, more anxious to manifest the integrity of his intentions, than to conceal the consequences of his advice.
loved to oblige those in whom he confided, and at last gave way, though much against his inclination, as well as his opinion; insisting, however, that Townshend
was not to be called to the Cabinet
On learning this exclusion, Townshend
hesitated; but, finally, on the twenty-sixth, pleading ‘the express commands’ of the King
, he acquiesced.
‘I sacrifice,’ said he, ‘with cheerfulness and from principle, all that men usually pursue.’
Affecting to trust that this merit would be acknowledged by posterity, he pledged himself, in every measure of business and every act of life, to cultivate Pitt
's confidence and esteem; and, to Grafton
he said, ‘My plan is a plan of union with your Grace; words are useless; God prosper our joint labors, and may our mutual trust, affection, and friendship grow from every act of our lives.’2
Thus he professed himself a devotee to Pitt
, being sure to do his utmost to thwart the one, and to supersede the other.
The lead in the House of Commons was assigned to Conway
, as one of the Secretaries of State
; the care of America to the Earl
of Shelburne, notwithstanding he suffered under the King
's extreme dislike.3