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- To the Editors of the North…

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--Ilfr. P I TT a-td the DUKE…


Ilfr. P I TT a-td the DUKE of NEWCASTLE. A curtain Scene.—In 1150 Mr. Pitt and the Duke of Newcastle were at the head of the Administration. The latter, who had grown old in the Ministry, held the first office in the Government; but Mr. Pilt, by his eloquence in Parliament, hy his popularity, by the grandeur of his designs, and the energy of his mind, had obtained such a superiority in the Cabinet, that he was in fact Prime Minister. The Duke of Newcastle had been thirty years in the Ministry, and was then at the head of the Treasury. But Mr. Pitt had silenced the opposition, and formed all the plans for the war, and had left to theDuke of Newcastle the care of finding money to carry these into ex- ecution. They frequently differed in opinion, hut Mr. Pitt always carried his point, in spite of the Duke. A curious scene occurred on one of these occasions. It had been proposed to send Admiral Hawke to sea, in pursuit of M. De Conflans. The season was unfavourable, and even dangerous for a fleet to sail, being the month of November. Mr. Pitt was at this time confined to his bed by the gout, and was obliged to receive all visitors in his chamber, in which he could not bear to have a fire. The Duke of Newcastle waited on him in this situation, to discuss the affair of this fleet, which he was of opinion ought not to sail in such a stormy season. Scarcely had he enter- ed the chamber, when, shivering with cold, he said—What, have you no fire No," replied Mr. Pitt I can never bear a fire when I have the gotit The Duke sat down by the side of the in- valid wrapped up in his cloak, and began to enter upon the subject of his visit. There was a second bed in the room, and the Duke being unable to endure the cold, at length said, with your leave I'll warm myself in this other bed and without taking off his cloak, he actually stept into Lady Esther Pitt's bed, and then resumed the debate. The Duke was entirely against exposing the fleet to hazard in the month of November, and Mr. Pitt was as positively determined that it should put to sea. The fleet must absolutely sail," said Mr. Pitt, accompanying his words with the inost animated gestures. It is impossi- ble," said the Duke, making a thousand contortions; «« it will certainly be lost." Sir Charles Frederick, of the ordnance depart- ment^ arriving just at that time, found them both in this laughable posture, and had the greatest difficulty in the world to preserve his gravity at seeing two Ministers of State deli- berating upon an object so important in such a ludicrous situation. As our readers know, the fleet, however, put to sea, and Mr. Pitt was justified by the event, for Admiral Hawke defeated M. de Conflans, and the victory was more decisive in favour of the English than any other that was obtained over France during that war.

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