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Tango0119 Jun 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

"William Pitt resigned as Prime Minister in February 1801, not over the war but over the problem of Catholic Emancipation. His successor, Henry Addington, was widely seen as a lesser figure: ‘Pitt is to Addington/ As London is to Paddington.' In this jingle can be seen the beginning of the myth of Pitt as the great Prime Minister who stood up to Napoleon, a myth that was naturally encouraged by the pro-war party, even as Pitt had been execrated by those who wanted peace. Addington, by contrast, was a cautious man: he faced a changing situation on the continent, in which France was making peace with a number of different countries, the most important of which were Austria and Prussia. Addington sent envoys to France, who succeeded in negotiating the Peace of Amiens, which was signed on 25 March 1802: although even before then, British visitors had begun to make their way to Paris for the first time since the Revolution"
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