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The "short-lived" ministry, also known as the Bath–Granville ministry or derisively as the "Silly Little Ministry", was a British government that existed briefly in 1746. On 10 February, upon the resignation of Henry Pelham, the Earl of Bath undertook the formation of a ministry with Lord Granville, the former Northern Secretary. However, it only lasted two days, collapsing on 12 February even before all the members could be appointed, and Pelham reassumed the government.

Bath–Granville ministry
February 1746
1stEarlOfBath.jpg John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville by William Hoare.jpg
Date formed10 February 1746 (1746-02-10)
Date dissolved12 February 1746 (1746-02-12)
People and organisations
Head of stateGeorge II
Head of governmentLord Bath
Deputy head of governmentLord Granville
Total no. of ministers8 appointments
Member partyPatriot Whigs
Status in legislatureMajority
Opposition partyCobhamites
Legislature term(s)9th GB Parliament
PredecessorFirst Pelham ministry
SuccessorSecond Pelham ministry


Below are Bath's appointments before he abandoned the attempt to form a ministry; it does not appear that either Carlisle or Winchilsea actually received the seals of office from King George II.

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
First Lord of the Treasury The Earl of Bath*10 February 1746 (1746-02-10)12 February 1746 (1746-02-12)Whig
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Carlisle10 February 1746 (1746-02-10)12 February 1746 (1746-02-12)Whig
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Winchilsea10 February 1746 (1746-02-10)12 February 1746 (1746-02-12)Whig
 The Earl Granville10 February 1746 (1746-02-10)12 February 1746 (1746-02-12)Whig

Other appointments which had been determined upon but not made, according to contemporary rumour, were:


  • Cook, Chris; Stevenson, John (1988). British Historical Facts: 1688–1760 (1st ed.). Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 978-1-349-02369-1.
Preceded by
First Pelham ministry
Government of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Second Pelham ministry