His diary reveals a tender and devout private life which has been overlooked by those who have only considered the versatile facility and persuasive expediency that marked the successful public career of the bishop, and earned!
As the breach widened, he even opposed petitions to the king and parliament, on the ground that the claims to taxation and control had been put forward by the ministry on the basis of right, not of expediency, that the ministry could not abandon the claim of right and the colonies could not admit it, and that petitions must be, as they already had been, rejected.
Burke carried into the world of theory those politics of expediency of which Walpole had been the practical originator.
But even with regard to the expediency of such punishments we may have doubts.
Agreed with his chief counsellor as to the expediency of keeping military men away from active politics.