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Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third, Volume 4 (of 4)

Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third, Volume 4 (of 4)
Title: Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third, Volume 4 (of 4)
Release Date: 2018-12-19
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P. Battoni. pinxt J. Cook, sc.

Augustus Henry,
THIRD DUKE OF GRAFTON.

London, Published by Richard Bentley, 1845.

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MEMOIRS
OF THE REIGN OF
KING GEORGE THE THIRD.

By HORACE WALPOLE,
YOUNGEST SON OF SIR ROBERT WALPOLE, EARL OF ORFORD.

NOW FIRST PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINAL MSS.
EDITED, WITH NOTES,
By Sir DENIS LE MARCHANT, Bart.

VOL. IV.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.
1845.


LONDON:
Printed by S. & J. Bentley, Wilson, and Fley,
Bangor House, Shoe Lane.


CONTENTS
OF
THE FOURTH VOLUME.

CHAPTER I.
A. D.   PAGE
1769. Victories of the Russians 2
  Altercation with France 2
  Position of the Duc de Choiseul 4
  Madame du Barry 6
  Opposition to her Presentation at Court 12
  General Dislike of the new Favourite 16
  Cabal against Choiseul 18
  His imprudent Conduct 22
  Project for restoring the Finances 24
  Trial of the Duc d’Aiguillon 25
  Anecdote of the Prince of Beauvau 26
  Extraordinary Letter of Louis the Fifteenth 29
CHAPTER II.
1770. Irish Parliament prorogued 32
  Public Feeling 33
  Opening of the British Parliament 34
  Lord Chatham moves an Amendment to the Address 34
  Debates on the Election of Lutterell 37
  Daring Conduct of Burke and Saville 38
  Lord Camden loses the Seals 44
  Dismissal of the Earl of Huntingdon 45
  Resignation of Lord Granby 47
  Charles Yorke refuses the Seals 48iv
  Death of Sir John Cust 48
  Yorke accepts the Seals 51
  His Death 52
  Sir Fletcher Norton elected Speaker 54
  Disinterestedness of Conway 55
  Motion to inquire into the State of the Nation 57
  Jan. 22. Duke of Grafton determines to Resign 59
  Jan. 25th. Hostile Motion of Dowdeswell in the House of Commons 62
  Interview of Conway with the Duke of Grafton 65
  Jan. 27th. Resignation of the Duke 68
  His Character 69
CHAPTER III.
1770. Jan. 29th. Lord North appointed First Lord of the Treasury 75
  His Character 78
  The other Ministers 83
  Feb. 2nd. Debate in the Lords on the State of the Nation 87
  Feb. 12th. Motion of Lord Chatham 90
  Quarrel between the Speaker and Sir William Meredith 91
  Debate in the Lords 93
  Lord Chatham attacks the Influence of the Court 94
  March 5th. Repeal of the American Duties 95
  Bold Conduct of the City Authorities 97
  March 14th. Remonstrance presented to the King 98
  Debates on the Civil List 100
  Lord Chatham attacks the Duke of Grafton 101
CHAPTER IV.
1770. Debate on the City Remonstrance 103
  Loyal Address carried 107
  Bills introduced by Mr. Herbert and Mr. Grenville 110
  Conversation on Secret Influence 112v
  City Dinner to the Opposition 115
  Curious Phrase employed by Lord Chatham 116
  April 17th. Termination of Wilkes’s Imprisonment 117
  Riots at Boston 119
  April 28th. Death of Marshal Ligonier 121
  Debate on the Irish Parliament 122
  State of Parties 123
  Burke’s Thoughts on the Present Discontents 129
  Influence of Lord Bute 132
  Pelham Administration 136
  Diminution of the Privileges of Members of Parliament 147
  May 8th. American Affairs 149
  Middlesex Election 150
CHAPTER V.
1770. May 23rd. Bold Address of Beckford to the King 153
  Address on the Birth of a Princess 155
  June 21st. Death and Character of Beckford 156
  Voyage of the Princess of Wales to Germany 161
  Eccentric Conduct of the Queen of Denmark 163
  Suit of Lord Grosvenor 164
  Trial of the Kennedys for Murder 166
  Conduct of Mr. Horne 167
  Licence of the Press 168
  Libel on the King of Spain 169
  Dispute on the Falkland Islands 170
  The Adelphi 173
  Promotion of Lutterell 174
  October 20th. Death and Character of Lord Granby 175
  Vacant Regiment bestowed on Conway 175
  Meeting of the Inhabitants of Westminster 181
  Imminence of a War 183
  Diplomacy of Lord Weymouth 184
  Lord Mansfield’s Timidity 187
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