As well as his old associates, Wellington also joined the company o f his

brother, W illiam Wellesley-Pole, the Master o f the M int, and Charles Arbuthnot, Joint Secretary o f the Treasury (ministerial whip and patronage manager). If there w ere some ministers w ith whom he was not personally acquainted, there can have been few who were entirely unknown to him in the small world o f Regency politics. The government at least for the moment consisted o f congenial individuals whose outlook on domestic and international matters the Duke fully shared.