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hopes, that at last were disappointed.
Lyttelton now stood in the first rank of opposition; and Pope, who was incited, it is not easy to say how, to increase the clamour against the ministry, commended him among the other patriots. This drew upon him the reproaches of Fox, who, in the house, imputed to him as a crime his intimacy with a lampooner so unjust and licentious. Lyttelton supported his friend, and replied, that he thought it an honour to be received into the familiarity of fo great a poet.
While he was thus conspicuous, he married (1741) Miss Lucy Fortescue of Devonshire, by whom he had a son, the
late lord Lyttelton, and two daughters, and with whom he appears to have lived in the highest degree of connubial felicity : but human pleasures are fhort; The died in childbed about five yearsafterwards, and he solaced his grief by writing a long poem to her memory.
He did not however condemn himself to perpetual solitude and sorrow;. for, after a while, he was content to seek happiness again by a second marriage with the daughter of Sir Robert Rich; but the experiment was unsuccessful.
At length, after a long struggle, W'alpole gave way, and honour and profit were distributed among his conquerors. Lyttelton was made (1744) one of the Lords of the Treasury; and from that
time was engaged in supporting the schemes of the ministry.
Politicks did not, however, ' so much engage him as to withhold his thoughts from things of more importance. He had, in the pride of juvenile confidence, with the help of corrupt conversation, entertained doubts of the truth of Chriftianity ; but he thought the time now come when it was no longer fit to doubt or believe by chance, and applied himself seriously to the great question. His studies, being honest, ended in conviction. He found that religion was true, and what he had learned he endeavoured to teach (1747), by Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul; a treatise to: which infidelity has never been able to
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fabricate a specious answer. This book his father had the happiness of seeing, and expressed his pleasure in a letter which deserves to be inserted.
“ I have read your religious treatise “ with infinite pleasure and satisfaction. “ The stile is fine and clear, the argu~ ments close, cogent, and irresistible. “ May the King of kings, whose glo“rious cause you have so well defended, “ reward your pious labours, and grant “ that I may be found worthy through “ the merits of Jesus Christ, to be an "eye-witness of that happiness which I “ don't doubt he will bountifully bestow “ upon you. In the mean time, I shall “ never cease glorifying God for having
“ endowed you with such useful talents, “ and giving me so good a son.
16. Your affectionate father, .. . “ THOMAS LYTTELTON."
A few years afterwards (1751), by the death of his father, he inherited a baronet's title with a large estate, which, though perhaps he did not augment, he was careful to adorn, by a house of great elegance and expence, and by great attention to the decoration of his park.
As he continued his exertions in parliament, he was gradually advancing his claim to profit and preferment; and accordingly was made in time (1754) cofferer and privy counsellor : this place