I do not think that single and alone we are a match for the power of France, considering how much it has increased within the last century, and how firmly the people of that country are now united under a sole and absolute monarch.
In their own country they already stood as high as they well could, but the Irish estates gave them a new importance in the sister island…The appointment of the head of the Cavendishes as lord-lieutenant of Ireland, though no new thing, received a new appropriateness. Irish blood was already in their veins from the first duke’s marriage with Mary Butler. Charlotte Boyle brought them both Irish blood and Irish lands. 
A person might be found, whose name and character, built upon his father’s reputation, with the strength of his own property here, would so precede his arrival, as to make the way smooth before him, and enable him without difficulty…to carry such measures into execution as his majesty…should direct. I could name such a person were I allowed to do it. 
There must be some gentleman of Ireland set up with a countenance and authority from the government in the house of commons…we may, and I hope shall, import English principles into that house; but they must be imported in Irish bottoms…there must be some one man stand out a little before the ranks in that house…When any man is marked in that way, the advantage will soon appear: and till then…the jealousy of persons directing the house of commons, who are not members of it, will subsist. 
Representing a great estate in Ulster, the Secretary abjured, silently but steadfastly, the traditions of absenteeism and the official belief so long insisted on at the Cockpit, that the appendant realm could only be kept fast by the great offices…being filled by functionaries sent across the Channel. 
unless Mr. Conway, with whom he was scarce acquainted, would consent to accompany him as Secretary and Minister.
I seem all at once to resemble the man’s black horses, and white horses, and black-and-white horses, being civil as secretary, military as general, and civi-military as secretary-at-war,--a wonderful, as well as tiresome combination. 
Patriot meetings and patriot health’s have continued: patriot papers have been writ, and, in short, the minds of people kept in a sort of suspense, waiting, as it seems, for the event of things to see how well-satisfied they are to be. 
Lord Hartington continues to hold one steady and uniform language of a single and settled view to do the King’s business and the nation’s by plain and direct ways; and by an equal and impartial government, favouring no party nor faction, nor setting up any…I am persuaded such behaviour and such intentions, well supported, will carry him through. 
The great business of life is to stuff and be stuffed. Immoderate eating is among the prime social virtues; but immoderate drinking lifts you up to the skies. One would think such furious politics would interrupt it; but it’s quite the contrary…I am dreadfully annoyed with all sorts of incumbrance of the most disagreeable kind…visits, steams of meat, and fumes of wine, all conspiring to confound me.
A step prudentially taken, on the opinion of all those my Lord has conversed with, of all parties—and I do really think, though such against my own private inclination, as wise and necessary a step as ever was taken.
They might desert you; but when their connexions, and dependencies and the emoluments they possess are considered I don’t think they’ll desert Them.
A Patriot that has got his Place is like a wild beast that is fed, and becomes as tame and tractable as possible. These notions…are the Arms of the Party, taken up for the purpose of opposition and your Lord: has experience enough of the world to know are always laid aside when those purposes are served.
The personal jealousies and separate views so well known amongst them, the cry of the disappointed etc. will soon infallibly raise divisions amongst them, and the Speaker with those who come in and are satisfied will soon be more glad of your support than you of theirs.
You have tranquillized a nation, have repaired your master’s honour, and secured the peace of your administration!
The government had not better yield a little even of their strict dignity to the necessity of the times; in order to recover it more surely hereafter, when the ferment in people’s minds is allayed; and those events have happened which may shortly be expected; I mean principally the breaking up of that which I am convinced is an unnatural coalition of various interests and parties…
I believe under proper restrictions a very good law, in quiet times, but not very expedient at the present critical juncture.
I am afraid that you are not aware of the difficulties that we labor under, and the temper and dispositions of the people here…prudence and caution is absolutely necessary until they are a little more settled…
You grand corrupter, you who can bribe pomp and patriotism, virtue and a Speaker, you that have pursued uprightness even to the last foot of land on the globe, and have disarmed Whiggism on the banks of its own Boyne. 
Don’t think I am to be jockeyed. No! I have seen something of that way of proceeding; but this postponing it and leaving it out of the bill was my own work—only to avoid too much jealously and appearance of partiality. 
That thorough bargaining kind of Politicks I believe he learnt from the Pr[imate] and I think it in general the worst method in the world especially where you have gentlemen of any character and delicacy to deal with. Those points should be touched gently and with Art. Many a man will engage himself by degrees that wont bear a direct question; and of all the methods of treating in the world I think it the most offensive to those you treat with and the least honourable to those who treat. 
Mr. Conway soothed and persuaded; Lord George Sackville informed and convinced; Charles Townshend astonished; but was too severe to persuade, and too bold to convince…One loved the first, one feared the second, one admired the last without the least mixture of esteem.
If I had the taste or the pride of an minister about me, I think I might find something like enjoyment in this; but with me it is quite other wise. It turns my head and my stomach, and almost my temper.
What supports me and makes everything tolerable, is the great ease, good-nature, and friendship of Lord Hartington, which is beyond expression. Had I been under any other Lord-Lieutenant in the world, I should either have deserted or died of it.
As to Harry Conway his carracter (sic) won’t allow of mis-representation, and at least his kind, warm behaviour to me in this last transaction [Pitt’s dismissal] ought to have removed any unjust suspicions…
I am sorry for the news your Grace tells me as I doubt Mr. F’s ambition and his sanguine disposition to believe what he wishes, will make him undertake, much at his own risqué and not a little I am afraid at that of a good deal of confusion to the Publick affairs…He calculates on the venality of mankind and the effect of his M’s favour and Power; which might be just in most cases, but I think false in this; where the cry of the people, the general turn of the Parliament, and the influence of Leicester House are against him…
The practicability of his government and the Honour both of him and the Nation to be vigourously pursued at this critical juncture are the chief objects, and to attain them with any certainty abroad there must be some stability at home…It may be a hard and bitter pill to swallow but…none but the very capital points etc. such as immediately affect his Govt. are worth his M’s consideration now.
I am sorry to say that I think on the whole we make a pitiful figure in not attempting anything…I expect my share of blame, and for the only time of my life dread to come back to England…
The Duke of Cumberland espoused the cause of the Generals, wished them to make it a common cause, and to pin down their whole defense to the impracticability of the measure. To this Conway would not consent. 
You know I have been waiting this week past, during which I have not had a word said to me…He this day for bonne Bouche gave before me such a pointed lecture upon Generals who misbehaved, as it was impossible not to know and feel the tendency of…I had given him his Hat or I own I should have been vastly tempted to lay it down and walk away. 
I hear the Persecution is to be removed from the Cabinet to the Parlt; where at least one shall be at liberty to speak for oneself…I don’t feel my spirits sink, but rather rise; for when injury and injustice go to a certain pitch they raise a kind of indignation that keeps ‘em up. So that if I am to fall, I hope to do like a man. 
My comfort is that if I am ill at one Court I am worse at the other, so that if I fail of employment in the probably short period of his M’s life and of this war…it may probably be for ever.” 
I can have but one opinion of the right intention and the perfect honour and integrity that accompany every act of yours, and on the propriety nobody can judge so fitly as yourself… 
I can’t but lament as an honest man the confusion…and the violence to which I hear our party spirit, and our mobbish spirit are going. The circumstances of our Country require such attention and care to heal the wounds and repair the damage of a long and most expensive war, and to improve the advantages of our conquests; in the midst of tumult and division that is not to be expected; however this is a ferment that must have its time to work off in some shape or other; and I know my dear Country too well to think they’ll philosophize in this storm…###