The new secretary was a man of inflexible honesty and good — will to his country, untainted by duplicity or timidity.
His abilities were not brilliant; but his inheritance of the rank and fortune of his elder brother gave him political consideration.
In 1744, he had entered the Pelham ministry as First Lord of the Admiralty, bringing with him to that board George Grenville and the Earl of Sandwich.
In that station his orders to Warren contributed essentially to the conquest of Louisburg.
Thus his attention was drawn to the New World as the scene of his own glory.
In the last war he had cherished the darling project of conquering Canada, and the great and practicable views for America were said by Pitt to have sprung from him alone.
Proud of his knowledge of trade, and accustomed to speak readily on almost every subject, he entered without distrust on the administration of a continent.
Of the two dukes, who, at this epoch of the culminating power of the aristocracy,