The act which Pitt successfully carried in the following year introduced a new constitution, in which Hastings felt that he had no place.
Pitt had never taken a side against him, while Lord Chancellor Thurlow was his pronounced friend.
To one of these dinners Pitt was invited, and was subsequently accompanied by some of his colleagues.
Although holding an office of subordinate rank, he was the chief defender of the government in the House of Commons, and during the time that Pitt was in opposition had to bear the brunt of his attacks.
the time of Pitt's ascendancy he took but little part in politics, but while Lord Bute was in power his influence was very considerable, and seems mostly to have been exerted in favour of a more moderate line of policy.