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In Whig Society 1775-1818
Frederick Lamb to Lady Melbourne, [October 1815]

Chapter I.
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Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
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“The messenger goes only tonight, and as a proof of what I have said, this morning arrives a letter of Broughton of which I send you a cutting. You told me that he had told my father that my pay or rank would date from July last. He writes to me that my Father had told him that such was the case. He has probably lied, to one or other of us, but the system of talking to him upon any such subjects is really a very bad one—the less that pitiful fellow is named in my concerns the better. Any thing he may promise to my Father will never be useful as it never has been—the thing will be done according to the regular rules of the office, and I don’t wish it to be done otherwise. It will be done in the kindest manner by Castlereagh who has the undivided merit and should have the whole thanks, but that it shd. go round to him through Hamilton that an Underling like Broughton had been told that such and such were the Regent’s intentions is unpleasant and beneath our situation. It is nothing to the purpose whether this was really said to him or no, since something was said which gave him the power of fancying or imagining it. He is only an agent about money, and should never be thought of as anything else. I send this privately to you that you may quietly stop it, for I would rather it shld. happen ten times over than have the appearance of having an unkind feeling about it. What I want of you is to burn this letter, and instead of montéing people’s têtes about what I am doing and getting and where I am going—to preach perfect indifference and non-interference
if possible even to forgetfulness. I think you will see the reason and wisdom of this, and if you don’t—take my word for it. I have been right throughout, I was right in coming to Vienna, I was right in not going to Chatillon, and about both these things you wrote me a sort of half cutting letters which I had temper enough never to take the least notice of. The event has proved that I was perfectly right—and what I want of you is for the future not to suppose that you at 2,000 miles off know better than me upon the spot, nor to believe every half-witted, shortsighted ass who may go home and give you the motives which actuate me when in fact he sees no further into me than the outside of my coat. There, now God bless you—I have business, and with my best love to my Father

“am most affectly.
F. L.”