Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England

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Letters of Horace Walpole, Vol. III, p. 446. World History

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Horace Walpole to Sir Horace Mann (October 6, 1761)

I wrote to you but last week. You will conclude I have a victory to tell you, by following that letter with another so soon. Oh, no! you may bid adieu to victories. It is not that Spain or we have declared war, but Mr. Pitt has resigned. The cabinet council were for temporizing. That is not his style.

Without entering into discussions of which side is in the right, you will easily see how fatal this event must be, even from its creating two sides. What saved us, and then what lifted us so high, but union? What could France, what could your old friend the Empress Queen, desire so ardently as divisions amongst us? They will have their wish to satiety. I foresee nothing but confusion. Nor shall we have a war the less: if Spain bullied while Mr. Pitt was minister, I don’t believe she will tremble more at his successors. Who they will be I cannot imagine. It required all his daring to retrieve our affairs. Who will dare for him, nay, and against him? Next to pitying our country and ourselves, I feel for the young king. It is hard to have so bright a dawn so soon overcast! I fear he is going to taste as bitter a cup as ever his grandfather swallowed! This happened but yesterday. It is not an event to lie dormant long without consequences.

Adieu! my dear child; this is an unpleasant letter, and I don’t care how soon I finish it. Squabbles of ministers are entertaining in time of peace; they are a little too serious now. Adieu!

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Chicago: "Horace Walpole to Sir Horace Mann (October 6, 1761)," Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England in Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England, ed. Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947) (Boston: Ginn, 1935, 1922), 606–607. Original Sources, accessed January 26, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9597HT91JC8D7RJ.

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