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king's friends

king's friends. The term gained credence with Burke's Thoughts on the Present Discontents (1770), which explained the lack of success of the Rockingham party by the machinations of royalists, manipulating policy through a ‘double cabinet’. No such organized, sinister, and servile corps existed. But George III's desire for a non-party administration appealed to many, the advent of a young monarch with long expectations could hardly fail to strengthen royal influence, and the abandonment by the Tories of fruitless opposition meant a corresponding stiffening of governmental resolve. The growth of militant and radical movements at home and abroad, with Wilkes and America, helped to promote a countermove towards authority.

J. A. Cannon

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