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The Marquis Grimaldi to the Count de Fuentes, March 5. —Steps

taken to sow the seeds of an alliance between Spain and France.

Importance of so doing before France makes peace with England.

Rumour of proposals to England for a congress

95

The Count de Fuentes to the Marquis Grimaldi, March 10. Ne-

cessity of a secret alliance between France and Spain against

England. Impatience of the English for peace. Embarrassments

of the ministry

96

The same to the same, March 17. - Rise of the English stocks

upon the reports of France being desirous to make peace. Ne-

cessity of France pretending that she will not agree to a

congress. Retirement of Lord Holdernesse. Ferment on the

appointment of a Scotch secretary of state. Prospect of reducing

England to proper
limits

98

The Count de Fuentes to M. Wall, March 20. — Effects of the

rumours of peace on the English stocks. Necessity of defer-

ring it, in order to produce a civil war in England. The pre-

sent the moment for reducing her to due limits

100

M. De Bougainville to Mr. Pitt, March 25.-Soliciting permission

to send a monument to the memory of the Marquis de Mont-

calm to Quebec

102

Mr. Pitt to M. De Bougainville, April 10.- Expressing the King's

ready compliance with the request

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The Count de Fuentes to M. Wall, March 27. Progress of the

secret expedition. Discontent occasioned by Lord Bute's ap-

pointment. Complains that Mr. Pitt avoids seeing him

105

The King of Prussia to Mr. Pitt. Instances the uniform fidelity

of Great Britain to her allies, and expresses confidence that his

interests will not be neglected in the approaching negotiations

for peace

107

Mr. Pitt to the King of Prussia, in reply

112

The Earl of Granville to Mr. Pitt, April 5. — Expresses his ap-

proval of the draughts of Mr. Pitt's letter and memorial to the

Duc de Choiscul

114

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, April 14. Nomination of plenipo-

tentiaries at the expected congress

114

Hans Stanley, Esq. to Mr. Pitt, April 18. Offering his services

in any negotiations for peace with France

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Sir James Gray (British envoy at the court of Naples) to Mr. Pitt,

May 19. — Detailing a conversation with the Marquis Tenucci

concerning the matters in dispute between England and Spain 119

Mr. Pitt' to Sir Richard Lyttelton, May. – Announcing the

King's wish to appoint him envoy-extraordinary to the court of

Turin

121

Sir Richard Lyttelton to Mr. Pitt, in reply, June 17.

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Hans Stanley, Esq. to Mr. Pitt, June 9.- Detailing his conversa-

tions with the Duc de Choiseul

124

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, June 14.— Congratulations on the

taking of Belleisle

128

The Honourable Commodore Keppel to Mr. Pitt, June 15.-

Probable effects of the reduction of Belleisle upon France 129

Mr. Pitt to Lady Hester Pitt, July 2.-State of his health - 130

M. de Voltaire to Mr. Pitt, July 19. — Soliciting his subscription

to an edition of the Works of Corneille

131

Mr. Pitt to M. de Voltaire, in reply, September 4.

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The Honourable Sir Edward Walpole to Mr. Pitt, August 4.

Asking him to make his son-in-law a bishop

134

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, August 14. — Expressing the

King's concern that Mr. Pitt's last letter to M. de Bussy was

carried in the council by a slender majority

- 136

M. Wall to the Count de Fuentes, August 17. — Complains of a

passage in Mr. Pitt's letter to Lord Bristol noticing the arma-

ments and preparations going on in the ports of Spain - 137

The Marquis Grimaldi to the Count de Fuentes, August 31.-

Announces the fears of the court of Spain for the fleet, the

desire to gain time till it reaches Cadiz, the privately sending

twelve ships by way of convoy, and the signing of the Family

Compact

139

The same to the same, September 13. Announces the ratifi-

cation of the Family Compact. [Steps taken by Mr. Pitt in

council, on the discovery of the existence of this Treaty. His

resignation on the 5th of October, note.]

141

General Count de Lally to Mr. Pitt, September 29.- Soliciting

permission to repair to France, upon his parole. [The Count's

trial and execution, note.]

144

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, October 6. — Announcing the

King's desire to bestow on him some mark of the royal favour;

and suggesting either the government of Canada, or the chan-

cellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster.

146

Mr. Pitt to the Earl of Bute, in reply, October 7.- Doubts the

propriety of his going into either of the offices, and expresses a

wish that his family may be comprehended in any monument

of royal approbation

149

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, October 8. — Announcing that the

King will confer the dignity of peerage on Lady Hester Pitt,

with a grant of three thousand pounds per annum

151

Mr. Pitt to the Earl of Bute, in reply, October 8. Expressions

of veneration and gratitude

• 152

The Earl of Bute to Mr. Pitt, in reply, October 9. Enquiring

what title he has chosen, and the names to be inserted in the

grant

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The Bishop of Gloucester to Mr. Pitt, October 24. -- Abuses of

religious and literary liberty

184

Mr. Pitt to the Bishop of Gloucester, in reply, October. — Distinc-

tion between the errors of popery and of puritanism. Danger

of a general law for the prevention of abuses of the press · 186

The Bishop of Gloucester to Mr. Pitt, in reply, November 14. 189

Earl Temple to Lady Chatham, October 10. Duel between

Wilkes and Lord Talbot, at Bagshot

· 192

The same to the same, November. State of parties (Proceed-

ings in both Houses at the opening of the session, from the

Mitchell MSS, note.]

193

The Bishop of Gloucester to Mr. Pitt, December 3. - Conveying

a commission from the Duke of Newcastle. [Tottering state of

the ministry, note.]

195

The Honourable Thomas Hervey to Mr. Pitt, December 5. -

Invites him to testify his public opinion of the preliminaries

of peace. [Mr. Pitt's speech thereon, note.]

· 197

Thomas Hollis, Esq. to Mr. Pitt, December 21. - Enclosing

Count Algarotti's Dedication of his “ Essay on the Opera” to

Mr. Pitt

· 200

Mr. Pitt to Thomas Hollis, Esq., in reply, December

203

Bamber Gascoyne, Esq. to Mr. Pitt, December 22. — Soliciting

his opinion, whether he should accept a situation in the Board

of Trade

204

Mr. Pitt to Bamber Gascoyne, Esq., December 22. - Declines

giving his advice, in pursuance of an inviolable rule. [State of the

Duke of Newcastle's party, from the Mitchell MSS., note.] 205

Sir Richard Lyttelton to Mr. Pitt, December 23. - Speculations

on Mr. Pitt's domestic occupations. Appointment to the gover-

norship of Minorca

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The Bishop of Gloucester to Mr. Pitt, February 22.

211

William Taylor How, Esq. to Mr. Pitt, February 21. Count

Algarotti

212

Count Algarotti to Mr. Pitt, February 28.- Sending copies of

his “Essay on the Opera in Music

213

Mr. Pitt to Count Algarotti, in reply

214

The Earl of Bristol to Mr. Pitt, March 27.- Cider bill [Mr.

Pitt's speech against it, note.]

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