Henry Addington


He came to power to replace Pitt the Younger after the King had dismissed Pitt over his proposals for Catholic Emancipation. Addington came to power in the midst of the upheavals on the continent resulting from the effects of the French Revolution. Addington was partly responsible for negotiating and signing the Treaty of Amiens which brought a respite to the fighting - if done at unfavourable terms to the British. The fact that many fellow Tories would not support the Treaty made it difficult to hold the uneasy peace. It did not help that it was obvious that Napoleon was planning an invasion of Britain and so war soon broke out once again. However, Addington's ministry was still not equal to the task and Tories turned away from Addington and back to the more dynamic and inspiring Pitt the Younger.


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