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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Eleanor Creevey, 21 January 1811

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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“21st Jan., 1811.

“I am very much gratified to find you approve my counsel to Sam, and Sam for acting upon it. Every succeeding moment convinces me of the necessity there was for acting so, and of the infinite advantage and superiority it will give him over all his colleagues at starting.

“What shall you say to me when I tell you I am not to vote to-night after all? Villiers won’t release me from contract of pairing off; at least he consented only to stay upon terms that I could not listen to, such as—if my being in the division might be of any use to me in the new arrangement, that then he would certainly stay. This, as you may suppose, was enough to make me at once decline any further discussion. . . . However, it is universally known how I am situated, and McMahon told me just now of his own accord that the Prince had told him this morning ‘that Villiers would not release Creevey from pairing off with him; that it was very good of Creevey to stay after this, and to show himself in the House, as he knew he intended.’ . . . Here has been Ward* just now to beg I would come and dine with him tête-à-tête, and that I should have my dinner at six precisely, as he knew I liked that: so I shall go. I know he was told the character I pronounced of him one night at Mrs. Taylor’s after

* Hon. John William Ward, created Earl Dudley in 1827.

he was gone, upon which occasion I neither concealed his merits nor his frailties, and he has been kinder to me than ever from that time. . . . I don’t know a syllable of what has transpired to-day between
Prinny and the grandees, but I must not omit to tell you that the night before last my Lord Lansdowne* for the first time condescended to come up to me at Brooks’s, and to walk me backwards and forwards for at least a quarter of an hour. He asked me how I thought we should get on in the House of Commons (meaning the new Government), whether we should be strong enough; to which I replied it would depend upon the conduct of the Government—that if they acted right they would be strong enough, and that so doing was not only the best, but the sole, foundation of their strength, and my lord agreed with me in rather an awkward manner, and was mighty civil and laughed at all my jokes, and so we parted.”