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The Creevey Papers
Henry Brougham to Thomas Creevey, 15 August 1816

Vol. I. Contents
Ch. I: 1793-1804
Ch. II: 1805
Ch. III: 1805
Ch. IV: 1806-08
Ch. V: 1809
Ch. VI: 1810
Ch. VII: 1811
Ch. VIII: 1812
Ch. IX: 1813-14
Ch X: 1814-15
Ch XI: 1815-16
Ch XII: 1817-18
Ch XIII: 1819-20
Vol. II. Contents
Ch I: 1821
Ch. II: 1822
Ch. III: 1823-24
Ch. IV: 1825-26
Ch. V: 1827
Ch. VI: 1827-28
Ch. VII: 1828
Ch. VIII: 1829
Ch. IX: 1830-31
Ch. X: 1832-33
Ch. XI: 1833
Ch. XII: 1834
Ch XIII: 1835-36
Ch XIV: 1837-38
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“Aug. 15, 1816. Geneva (uninhabitable).
“Dear C.,

“. . . I have been here for some time and in the neighbourhood. It is a country to be in for two hours, or two hours and a half, if the weather is fine, and no longer. Ennui comes on the third hour, and suicide attacks you before night. There is no resource whatever for passing the time, except looking at lakes and hills, which is over immediately. I should except Mme. Stael, whose house is a great comfort.

“You may wish to know the truth as to Mother P. They resolved, under Mrs. Leach’s auspices, to proceed. I rather think the Chancellor and ministers were jealous of Mrs. L.; at any rate they were indisposed to the plan, but on it went, and a formal notification was made to little P.’s husband† and herself. I believe they were to have begun in Hanover, to

* Afterwards 7th Duke of Bedford.

† In May of this year Princess Charlotte of Wales had married the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

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have something to show to Bull and his wife and daughter. But steps were also taken in England. Being advised of this from the best authority, I deemed it proper, according to the tacticks we have always adopted, not to wait to be attacked, but to fire a shot of some calibre, and you will by this time have seen more of it, tho’ you may not have guessed whence it came. . . . As for Mrs. P.* herself, she won’t do any more; but the daughter is a strong force and will carry the old lady through. Mrs. P. is, I believe, among the Ottomans, but I have no sort of communication with her. . . . Tell
Kinnaird that Lord Byron is living here, entirely cut by the English.”