the other, to employ the name of Chatham
readily adopted a plan, to lead the aristocracy into disputes among themselves; and then, separating the Bedfords from the rest, to introduce a part of them to power.
Keen observers saw the certainty of changes, and predicted a ‘mosaic’ Ministry.1
To proceed securely, Grafton
required some understanding with Chatham
; but Chatham
refused to see him, pleading his disability.2
himself intervened by a letter, framed with cool and well considered adroitness, but which seemed an effusion of confidence and affection.
In the House of Lords the Earl
had given an open defiance to the whole nobility; and the King
charged him by his ‘duty, affection, and honor,’ not to ‘truckle’ now, when the ‘hydra’ was at the height of its power.
For success, nothing was wanted but that he should have ‘five minutes conversation’ with Grafton
yielded to such persuasion; though suffering from a universal tremor, which application to business visibly increased.4 Grafton
was filled with grief at ‘the sight of his great mind, bowed down and thus weakened by disorder;’5
but he obtained from him the declaration, that ‘he would not retire except by his majesty's command.’6
At a second interview in June,7 Grafton
, urged by