Though Thursday lunches were still jolly and full of incident — Kingsley Amis never really got used to having his stories interrupted by Jennifer Paterson, the cook, and used to wave a fork in the air to convey that he still had the floor — sometimes cabinet ministers would attend and be asked serious questions.
On 10 February 1746, Pelham’s administration resigned en masse, and the king turned to Bath to form an alternative ministry. He accepted the seals of office and made nominations to the most senior posts, but it quickly became clear that he did not have enough support to form a viable government, and after “48 hours, three quarters, seven minutes, and eleven seconds” he abandoned the attempt, forcing the king to accept Pelham’s terms for resuming office.