William Pitt

[1st Earl of Chatham]

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William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (15 November 1708 – 11 May 1778), called William Pitt the Elder by historians, was a British Whig statesman who led Britain during the Seven Years' War (known as the French and Indian War in the United States). He again led the country (holding the official title of Lord Privy Seal) between 1766 and 1768. Much of his power came from his brilliant oratory. He was ... more »

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  • ''I cannot give them my confidence; pardon me, gentlemen, confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom: youth is the season of credulity.''
    William, Earl Of Pitt (1708-1778), British statesman. speech, Jan. 14, 1766, to House of Commons. Attacking the Rockingham ministry.
  • ''There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.''
    William, Earl Of Pitt (1708-1778), British statesman. Speech, March 2, 1770, to House of Lords.
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