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That his royal highness had signifi. ing for Lord Grenville, and have ed his pleasure, that Lord Wellesley communicated to him, since his arrishould conduct the formation of the val, the proposal made to me yesteradministration in all its branches, and day by your lordship. should be first commissioner of the We have felt the necessity of a fur. treasury; and that Lord Moira, Lord ther communication with our friends, Erskine, and Mr Canning, should be and this, I fear, will make it imposmembers of the cabinet.
sible for us to send our final answer That it was probable, that a cabic to the minute which I had the honour net, formed on an enlarged basis, of receiving from your lordship yesmust be extended to the number of terday evening, till a late hour totwelve or thirteen members : that the night, or early to-morrow morning. prince regent wished Lords Grey and To obviate, however, as far as I Grenville, on the part of their friends, can, any inconvenience which might to recommend for his royal highness's arise from this delay, I think it right approbation, the names of four per- to state to your lordship, that the sons, (if the cabinet should consist of feeling which I yesterday expressed twelve) and of five persons, (if the to you, as to the nature of the pro. cabinet should consist of thirteen) to posal which you were authorised by be appointed by his royal highness to the prince regent to make to Lord fill such stations in his councils as Grenville and me, has been confirmed might hereafter be arranged
by subsequent reflection, as well as That his royal highness left the by the opinion of Lord Grenville, selection of the names to Lords Grey and, indeed, of every person with and Grenville without any exception whom I have hitherto had an opporor personal exclusion.
tunity of consulting. That in completing the new ar- I have the honour to be, with the rangement, the prince regent has highest regard, my lord, your lord. granted to Lord Wellesley entire li- ship's very faithful, humble servant, berty to propose for his royal high
GREY. ness's approbation, the names of any persons now occupying stations in his
No. 19. royal highness's councils, or of any Letters from Lords Grey and Grenother persons.
ville to Lord Wellesley. That if the proposition made to Lords Grey and Grenville, should
Camel ford House, be accepted as the outline of an 'ar
June 3d, 1812. rangement, all other matters would My Lord,,We have considered be discussed with the most anxious with the most serious attention the solicitude to promote harmony and minute which we have had the ho. general accommodation. WELLESLEY. nour to receive from your lordship;
and we have communicated it to such No. 18.
of our friends as we have had the opLord Grey to Lord Wellesley, dated portunity of consulting. 20 June, on the subject of No. 17. On the occasion of a proposal made
to us under the authority of his royal Camelford House, highness the prince regent, we wish
June 2d, 1812. to renew, in the most solemn manner, My Lord, I lost no time in send the declaration of our unfei gned de.
sire to have facilitated, as far as was assured of its support in those heal. in our power, the means of giving ef- ing measures which the public safety fect to the late vote of the House of requires '; and which are necessary to Commons, and of averting the immi- secure to the government, the opinion nent and unparalleled dangers of the and affections of the people. . country. No sense of the public dis- No such hope is presented to us by tress and difficulty-no personal feel this project, which appears to us ings of whatever description, would equally new in practice, and objechave prevented us under such circum- tionable in principle. It tends, as we stances, from accepting, with dutiful think, to establish, within the cabinet submission, any situations in which itself, a system of counteraction inwe could have hoped to serve his consistent with the prosecution of any royal highness usefully and honoura. uniform and beneficial course of pobly; but it appears to us, on the most licy. dispassionate reflection, that the pro. We must, therefore, request per. posal stated by your lordship cannot mission to decline all participation in justify any such expectation. . a government constituted upon such
We are invited, not to discuss with principles : satisfied, as we are, that your lordship, or with any other pub- the certain loss of character which lic men, according to the usual prac. must arise from it to ourselves, could tice in such cases, the various and im- be productive only of disunion and portant considerations, both of mea. weakness in the administration of the sures and of arrangements, which be. public interests. long to the formation of a new go. We have the honour to be, with vernment, in all its branches, but to great respect, &c. recommend to his royal highness a
(Signed) GREY. number limited by previous stipula. (Signed) GRENVILLE. tion, of persons willing to be included in a cabinet, of which the outlines
No. 20. are already definitely arranged. Explanatory Letter from Lord Moi.
To this proposal we could not ac- ra to Lord Grey, June 3d, on the cede without the sacrifice of the very subject of Lord Wellesley's Mi. object which the House of Commons nute, No: 17. has recommended the formation of a strong and efficient administration.
June 3, 1812. We enter not into the examination My dear Lord, The answer of the relative proportions, or of the which you and Lord Grenville have particular arrangements which it has returned to the proposal made by been judged necessary thus previous. Lord Wellesley seems to throw an ly to establish. It is to the principle oblique imputation upon me; thereof disunion and jealousy that we ob- fore I entreat your re-consideration ject to the supposed balance of con- of your statement as far as it may. tending interests, in a cabinet so mea. convey that impeachment of a procesured out by preliminary stipulation. dure in which I was involved." You The times imperiously require an ad represent the propositiou for an arministration united in principle, and rangement submitted to you as one strong in mutual reliance : possessing calculated to found a cabinet upon also the confidence of the crown, and a principle of counteraction. When
the most material of the public ob. in the principles laid down as the jects which were to be the immediate foundation for the projected ministry: ground of that cabinet's exertion had and the statement was principally been previously understood between dictated by the wish to shew, that no the parties, I own it is difficult for system of exclusion could interfere me to comprehend what principle of with the arrangements which the counteraction could be introduced. public service might demand. On If there be any ambiguity which does the selection of those persons, I aver not strike me, in Lord Wellesley's the opinions of you, Lord Grenville, last paper, surely the construction and the others whom you might ought to be sought in the antecedent bring forward as members of the cacommunication, and I think the ba- binet, were to operate as fully as our sis on which that communication had own, and this was to be the case also announced the intended cabinet to with regard to subordinate offices. stand was perfectly clear. With re. The expression that this was left to gard to the indication of certain in- be proposed by Lord Wellesley, was dividuals, I can assert that it was a intended to prove that his royal highmeasure adopted through the highest ness did not, even in the most indi. spirit of fairness to you and your rect manner, suggest any one of those friends.
individuals. Mr Canning's name was mention. It is really impossible that the ed, because Lord Wellesley would spirit of fairness can have been care have declined office without him; ried further than has been the intenand it was a frankness to apprize you tion in this negociation. I therefore of it ; and Lord Erskine's and mine lament most deeply that an arrangewere stated with a view of shewing, ment so important for the interests of that Lord Wellesley, so far from has the country should go off upon points ving any jealousy to maintain a pre- which I cannot but think wide of the ponderance in the cabinet, actually substance of the case. , left a majority to those who had been
MOIRA. accustomed to concur upon most public questions; and he specified Lord
No. 21. Erskine and myself, that you might Lord Wellesley to Lord Moira, ap. see the number submitted for your proving Lord Moira's Letter (No. exclusive nomination was not narrow. 20.) to Lord Grey, of the 3d June. ed by the necessity of advertence to us. The choice of an additional mem
Apsley.house, June 3d, 1812. ber of the cabinet left to you, must My dear Lord, I return the copy prove how undistinguishable we con- of your lordship's letter to Lord sider our interests and your's, when Grey. This communication to Lord this was referred to your considera. Grey is most useful, and the subtion as a mere matter of convenience, stance of it is admirably judicious, the embarrassment of a numerous ca. clear, and correct. binet being well known. The refer. My declaration, this day, in the ence to members of the late cabinet, House of Lords, was indispensably or other persons, was always to be necessary to my public and private coupled with the established point honour; both of which would have that they were such as could concur been involved, if I had not, in full 'parliament, announced, that I had re- us to be founded on a principle to signed the commission, with which which we could not assent, consiste his royal highness had charged me. ently with our honour, and with a due Believe me, &c. WELLESLEY. sense of public duty. The grounds
of this opinion have been distinctly No. 22.
stated in our joint letter to Lord Lord Grey's Reply to Lord Moira's Wellesley : nor can they be altered
Letter (No. 20.) of the 3d of by a private explanation : which, June.
though it might lessen some obvious
objections to a part of the detail, still Portman Square, 4th June, 1812. leaves the general character of the My dear Lord, Being obliged to proceeding unchanged. Nothing go immediately from the House of could be more painful to me than to Lords to a dinner party, and after. enter into any thing like a controverwards to a meeting at Lord Gren- sial discussion with you; in which I ville's, which occupied me till a late could only repeat more at large the hour, it was not in my power to an. same feelings and opinions which, in swer your letter last night. . concurrence with Lord Grenville, I
You must be too well aware of my have already expressed in our formal personal feelings towards you, of my answer. I beg only to assure you, esteem for your character, and of my before I conclude, that I have felt confidence in your honour, to enter. very sensibly, and shall always have tain any opinion respecting your con, a pleasure in acknowledging, your duct inconsistent with those senti personal kindness to me in the course ments. Nothing, therefore, could be of this transaction. I am, with every more remote from my intention and sentiment of true respect and attenI am desired by Lord Grenville, to tion, my dear lord, your's most faithwhom I have shewn your letter, to fully,
GREY. give you the same assurance on his part-than to cast any imputation
No. 23. whatever on you, as to the part you Lord Wellesley's Reply to the Lethave borne in the proceedings which ter (No. 19,)from Lords Grey have lately taken place for the forma. and Grenville, of the 3d of June. tion of a new administration. We know with how sincere an anxiety for Apsley-house, June 3d, 1812. the honour of the prince, and for the My Lords,- I received the letter, public interest, you have laboured to by which I was honoured from your effect that object.
lordships this morning, with the most Whatsoever objections we may sincere regret ; and I have discharfeel, therefore, to the proposal which ged the painful duty of submitting it has been made to us, we beg they to his royal highness the prince remay be understood as having no re. gent. It would have afforded me ference whatever to any part of your some consolation, if the continuance conduct. That proposal was made of the authority confided to me by his to us in a formal and authorised com- royal highness had enabled me, under munication from Lord Wellesley, his royal highness's commands, to ofboth personally to me, and afterwards fer to your lordships a full and canin a written minute, It appeared to did explanation of those points in my
minute of the 1st of June, which which 1 deeply lament, under a sanyour lordships appear to me to have guine hope, that additional explanaentirely misapprehended. But as his tions, sanctioned by authority, might royal highness has been pleased to have removed the existing obstacles intimate to me his pleasure, that the to an amicable arrangement. formation of a new administration Lord Moira has sent me a copy of should be entrusted to other hands, I his letter (No. 20.) to your lordship have requested permission to decline of yesterday's date; and as it contains all further concern in this transaction. an accurate, clear, and candid state
I remain, however, extremely an- ment of the real objects of the propoxious to submit to your lordships sal which I conveyed to you, it apsome explanatory observations re- pears to me to have furnished you specting the communications which with as full an explanation as can be I have had the honour to make to given in an unauthorised paper. Unyou; and I trust that your lordships der these circumstances, it might be will indulge me with that advantage, deemed superfluous trouble to your although I can no longer address you lordship and to Lord Grenville, to sounder the sanction of the prince re- licit your attention to a private letter gent's authority.
from me; although I should be most I have the honour to be, with hạppy if any opportunity were af. great respect, my lords, your most forded of renewing a conciliatory infaithful and obedient servant, tercourse, under the commands of the (Signed) WELLESLEY. prince regent, with a view to attain
the object of our recent communicaNo. 24.
tions. I have the honour to be, with Lord Wellesley to Lord Grey on great respect, my lord, your lordthe same Subject, dated 4th June. ship's most faithful and humble ser
WELLESLEY. Apsley-house, June 4th, 1812. My Lord, When I applied yes.
No. 25. terday to your lordship and Lord Lord Grey's Reply to Lord WellesGrenville, for permission to submit to
ley's Letter, No. 24. you some explanatory observations respecting the communications which Portman Square, June 4th, 1812. I have had the honour to make to My Lord, I have had the honour you by the authority of the prince of receiving your lordship’s letter of regent, I was not aware that Lord this day's date. Moira had addressed a letter to your As Lord Moira has communicated lordship of the same nature as that to your lordship the copy of his letwhich I was desirous of conveying to ter to me, I take it for granted that you.
you have in the same manner been The form of such a letter, either put in possession of my answer, which from Lord Moira or me, must have contains all that I can say with rebeen private, as neither of us possess spect to the explanation of the proed any authority from the prince posal made by your lordship to Lord regent, to open any further commu. Grenville and myself. nication with your lordship, or with I was perfectly aware, that Lord Lord Grenville ; a' circumstance. Moira's letter could in no degree be