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‘ [156] impossible; besides, it is not consistent with the dig-
Chap. L.} 1775. Oct.
nity of England to employ foreign troops against its own subjects.’

The empress continued to be profuse of courtesies to Gunning; and when in December he took his leave, she renewed the assurances of affection and esteem for his king, whom she expressed her readiness to assist on all occasions, adding, however: ‘But one cannot go beyond one's means.’

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