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[109] said those whom he deserted.1 Grenville could not
Chap. XXXI} 1767. Dec.
conceal his despair.2 To his junction with Bedford, he had sacrificed the favor of the King. Left to battie alone by the ally for whom he had been a martyr, the famed financier saw ‘the nothingness of the calculations of party.’ His health began to fail; the little that remained to him of life became steeped in bitterness; he seemed ready to curse his former associates and to die. At the time when the public indignation was roused by the news of the general agreement which the town of Boston was promoting, and fears were entertained, that Paxton on his arrival would be taken to Liberty Tree and compelled to resign his new commission,3 the Ministry was revolutionized, but without benefit to Grenville. The Colonies were taken from Shelburne and consigned to a separate department of State, with Lord Hillsborough as its Secretary. Conway made room for Lord Weymouth, a vehement but not forcible speaker; in private life, cold and taciturn; impoverished by gambling, and of such habits that the world4 said he passed all the day in sleep and all the night in drinking. Gower, who had a better reputation, became President of the Council; the Post Office was assigned to Sandwich, the ablest of them all as well as the most malignant against America; while Rigby was made Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, till he could get the Pay-Office. All five

1 Durand to Choiseul, 8 Jan. 1768.

2 Durand to Choiseul, 18 Dec. 1767.

3 Durand to Choiseul, 10 Dec. 1767.

4 Durand to the Duke of Choiseul, 19 Jan. 1768. Du Chatelet to the Duke of Choiseul, 20 Feb. 1768.

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