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Chapter 50:

How George the Third Fared in his Bid for Russians.

September, October—1775.

the king's proclamation was a contemptuous defi-
Chap. L.} 1775. Sept.
ance of the opposition, alike of the party of Rockingham and the party of Chatham, as the instigators, correspondents, and accomplices of the American rebels. Party spirit was exasperated and embittered, and Rochford was heard repeatedly to foretell, that before the winter should pass over, heads would fall on the block. ‘The king of England,’ said Wilkes, the lord mayor of London, in conversation at a public dinner, ‘hates me; I have always despised him: the time is come to decide which of us understands the other best, and in what direction heads are to fall.’ The French statesmen who, with wonderful powers of penetration, analyzed the public men and their acts, but neither the institutions nor the people of England, complacently contrasted its seeming anarchy with their own happiness in ‘living peacefully under ’

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