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ressed, said Blair, the President of the Council, with modesty and dutiful submission; but under the calmest language, uttering a protest against the right of Parliament to tax America for a revenue. The party of Bedford, and the Duke himself, spoke openly of the necessity of employing force to subdue the inhabitants of Boston, and to make a striking example of the most seditious, in order to inspire the other Colonies with terror. Frances to Choiseul, 29 July, 1768. This policy, said Weymouth, will be adopted. Shelburne, on the contrary, observed, that people very much exaggerated the difficulty; that it was understood in its origin, its principles, and its consequences; that it would be absurd to wish to send to America a single additional soldier, or vessel of war, to reduce Colonies, which would return to the mother country of themselves from affection and from interest, when once the form of their contributions should be agreed upon. Frances to Choiseul, 29 July, 1768.
L.} 1769. May. the meeting, was of their opinion. Had not Grafton and Camden consented to remove Shelburne, the measure would have been carried, and American independence indefinitely postponed. But Rochford, the new Secretary, with Gower and Weymouth adhered to Hillsborough. The fearful responsibility of deciding fell to Lord North. Of a merciful disposition and of rare intelligence, he was known to be at heart for the repeal of the tax on tea. Franklin's Letters of 18 March, 1770, and 5. to give his deciding vote in the Cabinet against the repeal, which the Duke of Grafton, the head of his Board, had proposed and advocated. Besides the Autobiography of the Duke of Grafton, compare the speeches of the Duke of Grafton and of Weymouth in the House of Lords, 5 March, 1776; in Force VI. 312. Now, indeed, the die was cast. Neither the Bedford party, nor the King meant to give up the right to tax; and they clung to the duty on tea, as an evidence of their lordly superiority.
ent equally tranquil and resolved. In the King's letter to Lord North of the 23 January, the King writes, My mind is more and more strengthened in the rightness of the measure. That implies previous consideration of the measure. Conway hinted at trying Rockingham and his friends. I know their disposition, said the King, and I will not hear of them. As for Chatham, I will abdicate the crown sooner than consent to his requirements. Before the world knew of the impending change, he sent Weymouth and Gower, of the Bedford party, to press Lord North in the most earnest manner to accept the office of First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury; King to Lord North, 23 Jan. 1770. and he preceded their visit by a friendly autograph note of his own. Lord North did not hesitate; and the King exerted all his ability and his ten years experience to establish the Minister of his choice, teaching him how to flatter Conway, King to Lord North, 29 Jan 1770. and how to prevent desertion. On
6 October, 1770; Choiseul to Frances, 7 October, 1770. Frances to Choiseul, 4 Nov. 1770; Choiseul to Frances, 4 Nov. 1770; Choiseul to Frances, 3 Dec. 1770. But Weymouth was haughty and unreasonable. War is inevitable, said Harcourt to Choiseul. If the English are bent on war, wrote Choiseul to Frances, all that I can say is unWeymouth, 14 and 16 December, 1770, which confirm exactly the desire of peace expressed by Choiseul. Lord North gained honor by allowing Chap. XLVI.} 1770. Dec. Weymouth to retire, and standing firmly for peace; but it was Choiseul's moderation which prevented a rupture. On the twenty-fourth of December the ablest French Ministettracted to itself that part of the Opposition which was composed of Grenville's friends. Now that he was no more, Suffolk became Secretary of State, instead of Weymouth; and Thurlow being promoted, Wedderburn, whose credit for veracity Lord North so lately impeached, and who in his turn had denied to that Minister honor and resp