And on the 18th the resignations were announced, not only of the more rigid freetraders in the cabinet, Mr Ritchie and Lord George Hamilton, but also of Mr Chamberlain.
Supported by only small and dwindling majorities, they saw that it was hopeless to carry the measure, and they decided on placing their resignations in the queens hands.
By the management of the princewho later in the reign was known as the prince consortthe great ladies of the household voluntarily tendered their resignations; and every obstacle to the formation of the new government was in this way removed.
Two members of the governmentSpencer Walpole and Henleydeclined to be responsible for its provisions, and placed their resignations in Lord lYerbys hands.
In 1910 some resignations took place among the higher officials.