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y the people, became a general joke, Walpole to Mann, 30 April, 1763. and was laughed at as a three-headed monster, Wilkes to Lord Temple, in Grenville Papers. quieted by being gorged with patronage and office. The business of the session was ing vauntingly arrogated merit for the peace which Frederic of Prussia had concluded, after being left alone by England. Wilkes, a man who shared the social licentiousness of his day, in the forty-fifth number of a periodical paper called the North Mahon's History of England, IV. pronounces unworthy of notice, but which all parties at that day branded as a libel. Wilkes was arrested; but on the doubtful plea that his privilege as a member of parliament had been violated, he was set at libeantage of being defenders of the constitution on a question affecting a vital principle of personal freedom. The cry for Wilkes and Liberty was heard in all parts of the British dominion. Hutchinson's History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay,
Ellis, put into Bute's hands a plan for reducing America. He also renewed the proposition which he had made chap. VIII.} 1763. July. eight years before to Halifax, for gaining an imperial revenue by issuing exchequer bills for the general use of America. But before the bill for the American tax was ordered to be prepared, Egremont was no longer Secretary of State, nor Shelburne at the head of the Board of Trade. The triumvirate ministry, the three Horatii, the ministerial Cerberus, Wilkes to Temple, 26 July. Grenville Papers, II. 81. as they were called, al- chap. VIII.} 1763. Aug. though too fond of office to perceive their own weakness, had neither popularity, nor weight in parliament, nor the favor of the court. To strengthen his government, the king, conforming to the views sketched by Bute in the previous April, Bute to Bedford, 2 April, 1763: I once gone, it will be very hard for me to believe that the Duke of Newcastle will, with Lord Hardwicke, &c. continue a vi
renville Papers, II. 149, 218, 239. Chatham Correspondence, II. 261. So when parliament assembled, Yorke was with the court in principle, and yet a leader of the opposition. On the first night of the session there were two divisions relating to Wilkes, and on both the ministers had a majority of nearly three to one. In the debate on the king's speech and the address, Pitt spoke with great ability; Barrington to Mitchell, quoted in Chat. Corr. II. 262. Grenville, in answer- chap. IX.} . He was narrow-minded and obstinate; but it was no part of his intention to introduce despotic government into the New World. For a moment the existence of the ministry itself was endangered. All parties joined in condemning the writings of Wilkes; and even the extreme measure of his expulsion from his seat in parliament, was carried with only one dissentient vote. Grenville Papers, II. 258. The opposition, with great address, proceeded to an abstract question Feb. on the legality of g