had made a grant of money1
for the use of the
army, without specifications.
This, by the advice of the Attorney General
and Solicitor General
Shelburne received as a sufficient compliance,3
and the Assembly went on as though nothing had happened.
The health of Chatham
was all the while growing worse; and his life began to be despaired of. His letters were kept from him.4
Of the transactions that were going forward, he was scarce even a spectator, and seemed to be unconcerned in the event.5
About nine o'clock in the evening of the twentieth, the leaders of the two branches of the Oligarchy met at Newcastle House.
had explained the purpose of the meeting, Bedford
, on behalf of Temple
declared their readiness to support a comprehensive administration, provided it adopted the capital measure of asserting and establishing the sovereignty of Great Britain
over its Colonies.
At this, Rockingham
flew into a violent passion, and7
complained of their calling on him and his friends for a declaration on American affairs; whatever answer he might give, they would throw a construction on his conduct to his disadvantage before the public.8
insisted with firmness on the declaration.