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The Grafton ministry (1768–1770): the Middlesex Election and the Townshend Duties Crisis

Peter D. G. Thomas

in George III

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719064289
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064289.003.0009
The Grafton ministry (1768–1770): the Middlesex Election and the Townshend Duties Crisis

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This chapter focuses on the official appointment of the Duke of Grafton as British prime minister in October 1768. Grafton was given full power and responsibility, and he enjoyed the King's wholehearted support throughout his brief ministry. Though he had more ability and character than tradition has accorded him, he was distracted by his private life, women and horse racing. The chapter also discusses the problems of his administration concerning the fiasco over Corsica, confrontation with John Wilkes over the Middlesex election and the ongoing American crisis.

Keywords: Duke of Grafton; British prime minister; private life; women; horse racing; Corsica; John Wilkes; Middlesex election; American crisis

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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