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However, despite pressure from Newcastle on the subject, Dorset remained averse to the lord deputy scheme, although he continued to believe in the necessity of ‘proceed[ing] immediately to the forming of an administration upon some new system’. But his vision of the future of the Irish government went no further than the exclusion of Boyle from the commission of lords justices and some sort of extension of the Castle’s control over the treasury. 54 But it is clear that he was being disingenuous, as these ‘little points’ included his fear of the moderation of the assertive policy directed at the Speaker and the patriot party, and the potentially discouraging effect upon the loyal supporters of government.
32 But, despite this statement, it is clear that Newcastle had not shifted from his advocacy of a policy of moderation. More importantly, his awareness of the necessity of maintaining the government’s majority by fact or fiction – by victory in parliament or by judicious concessions out of it – indicated that at least at times he clearly understood the delicate process by which Ireland was governed. 28 Britain and Ireland: Crisis of Empire In November 1753 Dorset’s administration was again faced with the problem of a surplus in Irish revenue.
These two men had a genuine interest in the mechanism of Irish government, and both would play a major role in the redefining of the Anglo–Irish imperial relationship. Pelhamite Ireland 31 The individuals who suffered as a result of this shift in policy were Thomas Carter, Anthony Malone and Colonel Michael O’Brien Dilkes, the quartermaster-general. They were all stripped of their offices, and Bellingham Boyle, the registrar of the prerogative court, was deprived of his pension. Stone and Sackville also advocated the removal of Henry Boyle from the commission of lords justices and his dismissal from the office of chancellor of the exchequer, even going as far as suggesting his replacement as Speaker with John Ponsonby.