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the names shews, that Mr. Pitt now more than ever considered himself the soul and spirit of the administration, allowing some share of co-ordinate influence to his accommodating friend and veteran in the system, Lord Viscount Melville. The rest were tools, which he wielded at pleasure. The - motley selection was attempted to be justified upon pew principles. A general doctrine was inculcated into the numerous mal-contents with the choice of the new ministers, that there was inherent in Parliament a constitutional right to interfere with the King's nomination by withdrawing its confidence from any administration, which they might think from experience inadequate to the exigenciesof the country; but that the will of the crown was not to be thwarted by anticipation, by presumption to dictate or object, before the new
LORDS OF THE TREASURY.
Lord Fitzharris, Lord Louvaine, the Hon. Henry Wellesley,
SECRETARIES OF THE TREASURY.
Secretary at War
Mr. Win. Dundas.
Chan, of the Duchy of Lancaster Lord Mulgrave.
Master of the Mint
Comptroller of the household
Earl of Dartmouth.
Lord George Thynne.
appointees should have entered upon their fune tions. Thus did Mr. Pitt endeavour to acquire credit under his new appointment, by reconciling the public mind to the parliamentary expulsion of Mr. Addington.These principles were substan tially inapplicable to the new arrangements. Mr.) Addington's administration had certainly forfeited! the confidence of Parliament. But neither Mr Pitt nor Lord Melville were new men: they pro-t fessed no principle, they proposed no system1 differing from those of their predecessors. Such of the old, as retained power in the new administra-> tion offered no change either of principle or conduct. The new subordinate appointments were3 bottomed either upon long tried subserviency, or strongly pledged fidelity to Mr. Pitt. But in Ireland so little claim could be set up by the new Government, not to be prejudged, till they should have entered upon the exercise of their offices, that the only change was the appointment of Mr. Foster to be Chancellor of the Exchequer the man, who had risen into consequence from his lust for the system, under which his country had so long writhed.
The actual return of Mr. Pitt and Lord Mel- Mr. Pitt's rivalry with ville to power without Lord Grenville, Mr. Windham, and some other seceders in 1801 bespeaks a difference between them in the principles and conditions either of their abdication or of their return, or of both. The particular points of difference may not be known to posterity, but certain it is, that, Mr. Pitt did not carry back with him into
1804. the cabinet even with the aid of his accommodating
auxiliary Lord Melville all the influence and power,
nation and erase it from the map of Europe. He 1804 no where discovered the fruits of his having over stretched the regal, extended the aristocratic, and depressed the democratic branches of the constitution, of his having encreased the national debt by between three and, four hundred millions, and of his having shed the blood of many score thou! sands of his fellow-subjects. His foiled ambition had settled in personal animosity, and he fancied himself the rival of that man of stupendous en terprize and portentous success. Through Mr Addington had he basely attempted to decry and vilify the personal character of Napoleon, by the circulation of the most virulent publications, and the exhibition of the most revolting prints from notorious hirelings of the British treasury.
No sooner had Mr. Pitt resumed his functions, Parliamen than he became sensible, that his majesty's health ceedings had been but partially restored. Access to, and pitt. personal communication with the royal personagei were less free to him now, than during his former administration. The royal mind was more than ever disturbed with scruples about the violation of the coronation oath by catholic concession: and Mr. Addington, who had fed and fomented them,2 continued to receive more confidential favor from his Sovereign, than was usual or fitting to be en joyed by an ex-minister. Mr. Pitt and the chank cellor had interviews with the Prince of Wales at Carlton House. Besides the reconciliation of the Prince with his Majesty and the Duke of York, which their late correspondence had rendered dif
1804: ficult, the terms and conditions of a regency were
universally believed to have been the subject of them. As Mr. Pitt from his conduct in 1788, and subsequent demeanour towards his royal High néss on every occasion, was known systematically to oppose the possession of any power by his royal Highness indépendant of the minister, it was not to be expected, that the result of any proposal from Mr. Pitt should be grateful to the feelings of his royal Highness. Mr. Pitt endeavoured in the mean time, by manoeuvring in parliament, to supply his loss of personal influence upon his Sovereign. His success in the senate fell short of his expectation; for with his utmost exertions lie carried his defence bill only by a majority of 40, and his additional force bill by that of 28; in this latter Here a motion was made, in which he was left in a minority. Soon after Mr. Secretary Nepean obtained leave to bring in a bill for establishing and maintaining a permanent additional force in Ireland. Mr. Foster's motion for the appointment of commissioners to enquire into the fees and expences of certain offices in Ireland, brought on a most interesting conversation upon the arrears of the Irish revenues. Some bills were moved in progress, touching the stamp duties and other branchies of the Irish revenue and Mr. Foster introduced bills for explaining and amending the laws relative to the
*So zealous was this gentleman for forwarding the system in Ireland, that he acted as chancellor of the exchequer a considerable time before he was appointed to the office, A