In this period were comprised his travels among the different states, when he hoped, and ever hoped in vain, to meet with some prince who would accept him as his counsellor, and initiate a government that should become the centre of a universal reformation.
I don't know if he is actually trying to hide things, or simply doesn't know how to initiate the subject.
Leopold had wisely decided to initiate a conciliatory policy in Hungary.
The class to which he belonged was the only one which could afford to initiate improvements.
Renovating the old house wasn't a necessity, and if Alex wanted money spent on it, he would likely initiate it on his own.