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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... reappointment of the Navy Commission as a per-Bucking-manent board.2 Buckingham was as unlikely as H hLAdd Nottingham had been to trouble himself with details mirai. about dockyard expenditure. But whilst Nottingham would neither do the work himself, nor allow anyone else to do it for him, Buckingham had not the slightest objection to letting other people toil as hard as they pleased, provided that he might himself enjoy the credit of their labours. Buckingham was every day acquiring a firmer hold upon the mind of James. A year had not passed since the introduction of Monson to Court before he saw all his Growing rivals at his feet. With the single exception of Bucking-0 Yelverton, not a Howard, or a dependent of the ham' Howards, remained in office. Buckingham was no longer the mere favourite of the King. He was the all-powerful minister, reigning unchecked in solitary grandeur. Yet, however much the change is to be attributed to Court intrigue, it must not be forgotten that it was something more. Administra-was a blow struck at the claim to serve the State tive reforms. on tne ground of family connexion. It was an attempt to secure efficiency of administration by personal selection. And though the evil which would accompany a change made in such a way was likely to outweigh the good which it brought, there is no doubt that from this time the King was better and more economically served than he had ever been before. At Michaelmas, 1617, it was thought a great thing that there was likely to be a balance between the ordinary revenue and the ordinary expenditure. At Michaelmas, 1618, the new Commissioners of the Treasury looked forward to a surplus of 4S, ooo/., with which to meet unforeseen 1619 BUCKINGHAM'S POSITION. 207 ' Commission..."
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