A Narrative of the Changes in the Ministry, 1765-1767: Told by the Duke of Newcastle in a Series of Letters to John White, M.P

A Narrative of the Changes in the Ministry, 1765-1767: Told by the Duke of Newcastle in a Series of Letters to John White, M.P

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A Narrative of the Changes in the Ministry, 1765-1767: Told by the Duke of Newcastle in a Series of Letters to John White, M.P

A Narrative of the Changes in the Ministry, 1765-1767: Told by the Duke of Newcastle in a Series of Letters to John White, M.P

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The writing of Narratives or Memorials of political negotiations was a favourite exercise with eighteenth-century statesmen; it was a method of self-expression which could not fail to commend itself to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle (1693-1768). He was a man to whom a confidant was indispensable, to whom correspondence was the salt of life. While Lord Hardwicke lived, it was to him that he most often disburdened himself of his complaints, grievances, and views; on his death, in 1764, his place was taken by the Duke's old friend, John White of Walling Wells, M.P. for East Retford 1733-1768. Walpole describes him as an old republican who governed both the Duke of Newcastle and Lord John Cavendish, and his interest with the Cavendishes is frequently alluded to in the present Narrative. One of his chief claims to fame is that Burke originally purposed to dedicate to him his 'Thoughts on the Present Discontents,' and it is known that he became the recipient of many ministerial confidences. Towards the close of his life, the Duke of New-

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