The influence of Newcastle and Sandwich, however, was too strong for him; he was thwarted and over-reached; and in 1748 he resigned the seals, and returned to cards and his books with the admirable composure which was one of his most striking characteristics.
This was too much even for Lord John Russell, and after a short and decisive correspondence Lord Palmerston resigned the seals of office.
They also claimed an interest in the fur seals, involving the right to protect them outside the three-mile limit.
In the event of a determination in favour of Great Britain the arbitrators were to determine what concurrent regulations were necessary for the preservation of the seals, and a joint commission was to be appointed by the two powers to assist them in the investigation of the facts of seal life.
The Greek language occurs in their official seals down to the 13th century.