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The death of the Empress Elizabeth in January, the accession of Peter III, and above all the Russo-Prussian peace, news of which reached Stockholm in March, all reinforced the trend. U 1 Even to the queen's enemies it was now clear that the nation urgently needed her assistance; for only she could provide Sweden with the means of informal negotiation with Frederick. It was no doubt infinitely sweet to her to be able triumphantly to inform Goodricke that her enemies and persecutors had "interceded" with her to use her good offices with her brother .
35 No doubt he was well aware that it was no such thing; but it might serve to save England's face. But perhaps it was because there was the possibility of yet another rebuff that he chose as Campbell's successor an obscure member of the diplomatic service who had never hitherto filled any established 12 The Road to Stockholm post. If the Swedes should once again prove uncivil, their incivility would not blight the career of anyone that mattered. The expendable pawn thus boldly pushed forward was Sir John Goodricke.
Considerations such as these occurred intermittently to British Secretaries of State, who were periodically reminded by Goodricke's dispatches that they still had a minister to Sweden stationed in Copenhagen. But their attitude to the question was slow to crystallize. Until peace was made they had more important things to think of. Whatever the arguments for persisting in the attempt to place a minister in Stockholm, there was one great obstacle that must first be removed. Until the Swedes had shown a decent contrition for the events of 17 4 7, and the aggravations of insult thereafter, the king could not compromise his dignity by another initiative.
British Diplomacy and Swedish Politics, 1758–1773 by Michael Roberts