whole matter

It is curious to read of this entire confidence on the part of the Whigs. As a fact only two or three weeks dissipated their hopes, and enabled the Ministry triumphantly to carry the Peace. It is true that in eighteen months more, by the folly and dissensions of the Tories, and the dangerous intrigues of some amongst them, the triumph was wantonly cast away.

Note by Heny Craik to Letter 36 from Journal To Stella
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