A succinct account of the chief events of the period will be found in Sir Spencer Walpoles History of Twenty-Five Years (London, 1904).
The Walpoles, Bubb Dodington, Bolingbroke, Congreve, Sarah, duchess of Marlborough, Pope, were among his English friends.
On the first occasion which offered itself, that of Pulteney's rupture with Walpole in 1726, he endeavoured to organize an opposition in conjunction with the former and Windham; and in 1727 began his celebrated series of letters to the Craftsman, attacking the Walpoles, signed an "Occasional Writer."
1 Further papers from his pen signed "John Trot" appeared in the Craftsman in 1728, and in 1730 followed Remarks on the History of England by Humphrey Oldcastle, attacking the Walpoles' policy.
Walpoles administration lasted long enough to give room for some feeble expression.
In Walpoles time the forms of the constitution had become, in all essential particulars, what they are now.
But for one error, indeed, it is probable that Walpoles rule would have been still further prolonged.
The nation which Pitt had behind him was very different from :he populace which had assailed Walpoles Excise Bill, or had ~houted for Wilkes and liberty.
In Walpoles judgment the bill was objectionable because it afforded no reasonable basis for a stable settlement.
Horace Walpoles Letters (Clarendon Press, 16 vols.) are the best comment on the history of the period; his Memoirs are not so good, though they are superior to Wraxall, who succeeds him.