By R. Eccleshall
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Quarrels broke out in the cabinet over practically every issue between the Old Corps and the former opposition grandees now in office and known as the ‘New Whigs’. The chief cause of friction was Lord Carteret’s pursuit of a costly war policy designed to protect the King’s Hanoverian dominions from invasion. Elaborate continental alliances were underwritten by subsidies and the Hanoverian army taken into British pay. Worst of all, Carteret conducted his diplomacy in close liaison with the King but in isolation from the government, regarding Pelham as little more than ‘a chief clerk’ (Wilkes 1964: 49).
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His character and career demonstrated ‘a natural balance of judgement, prudence, patriotism, and above all a sense of service without self-seeking’ (Brown and Schweizer 1982:1). Devonshire, in other words, stood above the fray like no other premier in the pre-reform political era.
Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers by R. Eccleshall