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[61] would not venture to supersede him. Whom will
Chap. Xxviii} 1767. March
Chatham next recommend? asked the King, through Grafton; and no other could be named. This was a new humiliation. Chatham saw his adversary exposed defenceless to his will; and the shaft which his aged and enfeebled hand tremulously hurled at him, fell harmless at his own feet. He could endure no more. ‘We cannot remain in office together;’ said he of Townshend, and he asked the Duke of Grafton himself to call the next Council at his own house.1 The accumulation of grief destroyed what little of health remained to him; he withdrew from business and became invisible even to Camden and to Grafton.

Here, in fact, Chatham's Administration was at an end.2 Transmitting to his substitute every question of domestic, foreign and colonial policy unsettled, the British Agamemnon retired to his tent, leaving the subordinate chiefs to quarrel for the direction.

1 Chatham to Grafton, Wednesday, 11 March 1767, in Grafton's Autobiography.

2 Grafton's own statement in his Autobiography.

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