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arrying along his investment in the chance of Rockingham's return to the ministry, he turned his back on deferred hopes and friendship, and pocketed for his borough the most cash he could get. Burke next coquetted with Wilkes for support at Westminster; but the great patriot preferred Lord Mahon. Wilkes has touched Lord Mahon's money, and desires to extort more by stirring up a multitude of candidates, said Burke, in the fretful hallucinations of his chagrin; while, in fact, the influence of Wilkes was of no avail; Westminster shared the prevalent excitement against America and elected tories. Sometimes, when alone, Burke fell into an in- Chap. XVI.} 1774. Oct. Nov. expressible melancholy, and thought of renouncing public life, for which he owned himself unfit. There seemed for him no way to St. Stephen's chapel, except through a rotten borough belonging to Rockingham; and what influence would the first man in England for speculative intelligence exert in the house of commons,