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‘ [49] in America.’1 Then laying his hand on the table in
Chap. XXVII.} 1767. Jan.
front of him, he declared to the House, ‘England is undone, if this taxation of America is given up.’2

Grenville at once demanded of him to pledge himself to his declaration; he did so most willingly; and his promise received a tumultuous welcome.3

Lord George Sackville pressed for a revenue that should be adequate; and Townshend engaged himself to the House to find a revenue, if not adequate, yet nearly sufficient to meet the military expenses when properly reduced.4 The loud burst of rapture dismayed Conway, who sat in silent astonishment at the unauthorized but premeditated rashness of his presumptuous colleague.5

The next night, the Cabinet questioned the insubordinate Minister, ‘how he had ventured to depart, on so essential a point, from the profession of the whole Ministry;’ and he browbeat them all. ‘I appeal to you,’ said he, turning to Conway, ‘whether the House is not bent on obtaining a revenue of some sort from the Colonies.’ Not one of the Ministry then in London, had sufficient authority to advise his dismission; and nothing less could have stopped his measures.6

1 Letter cited in Wirt's Patrick Henry, 96. This last clause is not in W. S. Johnson's report.

2 George Grenville, in Cavendish Debates, II. 35.

3 Grafton's Autobiography.

4 Shelburne to Chatham, 1 Feb. 1767; Chat. Corr., III. 184, 185.

5 Grafton's Autobiography; Walpole, II. 413, 414, tells nothing of this debate, but what his hatred of Grenville prompted. Grenville was in a minority on his motion, but triumphed in his policy.

6 Grafton's Autobiography.

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