giving him leave to treat with his own old associates,
desired to effect through Gower
a junction with the friends of Bedford
, who never opened his eyes to the light that was springing from the increased intelligence of the masses, and left out of view that all his glory as a statesman had come from his opposition to Grenville
, governed himself exclusively by the ancient principle of his party ‘to fight up against the King
and against the people,’2
and set about forming a Ministry by cementing the shattered fragments of the old Whig aristocracy.
He began with Bedford
are one,’ said Rigby
, by authority; ‘and neither of them will ever depart from the ground taken, to assert and establish the entire sovereignty of Great Britain
over her Colonies.’3
avoided all detail as to measures and as to men, and according to the old fashion, satisfied himself by declaring for a ‘wide and comprehensive’ system.
After a week's negotiation,4
and with no plan but to support privilege against prerogative, he announced to Grafton5
his readiness to form a new Administration.
had now to encounter, was greatly his superior in sagacity and consistency of conduct.
Remaining implacable towards