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THE disgraceful efforts of Mr. Addington, and his inexpert journeymen, to execute the ruinous projects of Mr. Pitt, had so disgusted the thinking and independent, and so alarmed the wavering and interested part of the nation, that that imbecile minister could no longer hold together the majority in Parliament, which was necessary to support a Government even of the King's friends. Mr. Addington had, during a considerable part of his administration been so intoxicated with parliamentary majorities, that he foolishly attributed to his own strength, what arose out of the occasional support of the old opposition, or the internal disunion, forbearance or craft of the seceders. When Mr. Pitt from personal observation, and the busy suggestions of his creatures had been induced to believe the earnestness of Mr. Addington in main


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150+ taining his post against him, who had raised him to it, that ambitious dictator rallied his much diminished forces, and peremptorily summoned to his rank every individual, whom he had origi nally enlisted in his service by art, fear or largess. Mr. Addington, the weak dupe of the all-venturous craft of Mr. Pitt, tendered his resignation to the King, which was with reluctancy accepted. In the sober hour of reflection he found his triumphs visionary, his impotency real, Whatever were the principles, springs and conditions of Mr. Pitt's return to power, certain it is, that, much* negocia

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A letter dated on the 8th of May 1801, written by Lord Grenville to Mr. Pitt found its way to the public eye, which Ar. Pitt found fet in much light upon those negociations. Lord Grenville and several persons, whom by Mr. Pitt's desire he had consulted) refused to engage in the administration, which he was then employed in forming. For says his Lordship, No considera, "tion of personal case, no apprehension of responsibility, nor reluctance to meet the real situation, into which the country has been brought, have any weight in this decision; nor are we "fettered by any engagement on the subject either expressed or "implied: we rest our determination solely on our own strong sense of the impropriety of our becoming parties to a system "of Government, which is to be formed at such a Ja moment as the present, on a principle of exclusion, It is unnecessary to dwell on the mischiefs, which have already resulted from placing the great offices of Government in weak and incapable "hands. We see no hope of any effectual remedy for these mischiefs,, but by uniting in the public service, as large a proportion as possible of the weight talents and character to be found in public men of all descriptions, and without any exception. This opinion I have already had occasion to “express to you in the same words, and we have for some time past been acting in conformity to it: nor can we, whilst we



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tion preceded it: great difficulties were raised 1304 against it at St. James'. Lord Grenville, Mr. Windham and other respectable Seceders refused to come into power under them,

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"remain impressed with that persuasion, concur in defeating an
object, for which the circumstances of the present times afford
" at once so strong an inducement and so favourable an occas
❝sion." His Lordship ended his letter with what amounts to
his absolute conviction of Mr. Pitt's insincerity..
"We are
"certainly not ignorant of the difficulties, which might have
"obstructed the final accomplishment of such an object, how
"ever earnestly pursued. But when in the very first instance
"all trial of it is precluded, and when this denial of it is made
the condition of all subsequent arrangements, we cannot but
"feel, that there are no motives of whatever description, which
"could justify our taking an active part in the establishment
of a system so adverse to our deliberate and declared opinion."
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