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date: 11 November 2019

Mince-pie administrationlocked

(act. 1783–1784)
  • Matthew Kilburn


Mince-pie administration (act. 1783–1784), was the derisive nickname given to the political ministry formed on 18 December 1783, headed by William Pitt. The term was apparently coined by the whig political hostess Frances, Lady Crewe, and expressed the belief widespread within the political élite that the ministry would not survive Christmas (...

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