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Paradise Lost, 1781–1784

F.P. Lock

in Edmund Burke, Volume I

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.003.0013
Paradise Lost, 1781–1784

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With the fall of North, Rockingham returned to power in 1782. Burke was admitted to the Privy Council and became Paymaster-General of the Forces. Rockingham's death in July 1782 and his replacement as Prime Minister by Shelburne put an end to his administration after only a few months. However, Burke managed to pass two Acts. The Paymaster General Act of 1782 ended the post as a lucrative sinecure. The Civil List and Secret Service Money Act of 1782 was a watered down version of Burke's original intentions as outlined in his famous Speech on Economical Reform. In February 1783, Burke resumed the post of Paymaster of the Forces when Shelburne's government was replaced by a coalition headed by North, including Charles James Fox. Though Burke did not break with Fox until 1791, in 1784 he was already unhappy with the direction in which Fox had taken the old Rockingham party.

Keywords: law; Fox; Rockingham; Privy Council; Shelburne; Paymaster–General

Chapter.  27461 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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