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Trade under the Secret Committee-TwinING to procure a requisition for a General Court-gave him hints for a speech--to abuse BARING damnably. .. . . Called at WHITEHALL-took away, the Jast letters from CORNWALLIS, that Pitt may not see them before they are properly copied out by my private Secretary.--Left-orders for Pitt and SYDNEY to follow me to my house, where they would find my dispatches for India ready for signing. : Jan · March 11th.-Dined with the Directors-almost too late ; London Tavern not near enough.--Mem. to order the Directors in future always to dine in my neighbourhood, and allow them to charge the additional coach-hire to the Company-Why not buy/a long stage to carry them about wherever I may want them?

Pitt frightened when we got into the City, lest the mob should hiss— talked about Grocers' Hall and better times; asked me if I was not glad they were going to pull down Temple, bar, and hoped there would be no further occasion for it. , ... Tried to prevent his being melancholythrew a shilling among the blackguardswould not do-no huzzaing. N. B. Not to forget to make the Chairman repay me, the

money being disbursed in the Company's service.

Got to the LONDON TAVERN at six. Drew up my Commissioners in the passage, and gave them their orders-told Pitt to follow next to me, and bid MULGRAVE speak in his upper voice, and be affable.--Tried to laugh as we entered the room-MULGRAVE put us out by one of his growling sighs--damn the fellow! must get rid of him.-Told DrVAYNES to laugh for us all-did it well make him Chairman next year. i 1

Dinner good--don't see why we should not dine with them always.-N. B. -Ordered twelve dozen of their claret to be car: ried to Wimbledon-LUSHINGTON grumbled, and asked by what authority I did it. A very troublesome fellow thato-remove him.

Pitt peevish and out of spirits į ordered Morteux to sing a song began . Ah si vous pouviez comprendre.Pitt turned red, and thought the Chairman alluded to some dark passages in the India Bill-endeavoured to pacify him, and told the Secret Gommittee to give us a soft air ; they sung in a low voice “ the cause I must not, dare not tell.”-MANSHIP groaned, and drank Colonel CATHCART. By G-, if I thought he meant to betray me, I'd

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indict him for perjury.!--Somebody struck up if you trust before you try,”-Pitt asked if the Directors wished to aff ont him, and began a long harangue about his regard and friendship for the Company ;-nine Directors offered to swear for it-told them they need not--bowed, and thanked me... :

LE MESURIER begged our attention to a little French Air,“ Sous le nom de l'amitié en finesse on abonde”-cursed mal-à-proposa" - Pirt swore he was insulted, and got up to go away. The Alderman, much terrified at what he had done, protested solemnly he meant no offence, and called God to witness, it was a very harmless song he learnt some time ago in Guernsey—Could not appease Pitt--so went away with him, after ordering MULGRAVE not to let Sydney drink any more wine, for fear he should begin talking.

Pitt desired the servants to put out the flambeaux, as we went through the city--(a sad coward !) asked me if I did not think Fox's a very able speech--sighed, and said he had promised to answer it to-morrow-wished however to do nothing in a hurry-expressed much diffidence in his own abilities, and paid me many compliments—thought I had a fine opportunity to shew my talents-assured me he should think nothing of waving his right

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to reply'; and that he had not the least'objection to letting me answer Fox-begged to decline the offer. N. B. He seemed very uneasy and much frightened-never knew him diffident before-wish to-morrow was well over.'..!!

Came home-opened a bottle of champaigne which I brought in the carriage with me from the Directors' dinner-looked over my list of lej:ee men-found nine field officers yet unprovided for. Wrote to Ross, enclosing the copy of a letter to be sent to me from Lord C- LL-s requiring more King's troops---finished my bottle and went to bed. : >!" March 12.--Went to the levee-He looked surly--would hardly speak to me-don't like him-must have heard that I can govern INDIA'' without consulting him. Nothing ever 'escapes that damned fellow SHERIDAN! 5. Between four and five went to the House worse than the levee-Pitt would not speak, pretended it was better to wait for Foxoto put him in mind of the excuse' he made at the end of the last debate, and his promise to answer calumnies-don't mind promisesa damned good quality that-but ought to consider his friends-Geo. HARDINGE spoke in consequence of my orders--forgot I was sitting below him--attacked Lord North's administration--got into a cursed scrape with Powis-won't do for CHANCELLOR-why not try BURGESS-SCOTT defended what he had said in the last debatet-made it worse than ever-quoted from DEBRETT's debates ! talked about an adder-thought he was alluding to Pitt-our lawyers somehow don't answer-Adam and ANSTRUTHER worth them all can't they be bought ?+-+Scotchmen !='1 damned strange if they can't-Mema to tell Rose to sound them. 1 1. quotes

ADAM severe on me and the rest that have betrayed Lord NORTH-a general confusion 4 all round Pitt- no one to defend us--VIL LIERS grinned-GRAHAM simpered-+-MULA GRAVE growled-by. Gd I believe Pitt en s joyed it always.. pleased when his friends si get into a scrape.---Memto give him a decedy ture upon, that.-MULGRAVE spoke at last. -wish he'd held his tongue-SHERIDAN aney, swered him rimproves every day--wish we i had, hima very odd so clever: a fellow ! ! shouldn't be able to see his own interest test wouldn't venture: on a reply myself, for fear of another lick from that clumsy boor Sit EDWARD ASTLEY said my long speech was dull and tiresome-what's the matter with .. the fellow-used to vote with us believe LANSDOWN's got him.-Mem to tell STEELE

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