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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Eleanor Creevey, 1 June 1812

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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“York St., Monday, 1st June.

“As Folkestone, Bennett and I are to go from the H. of Commons this afternoon to dine at Richmond, I begin my dispatch here, least I should have no time to do it at the House. Folky and Bennett return at night, but I shall sleep there. . . . The more one sees of the conduct of this most singular man [the Prince Regent], the more one becomes convinced he is doomed, from his personal character alone, to shake his throne. He is playing, I have no doubt he thinks, some devilish deep game, from which he will find he is utterly unable of extricating himself without the most serious and lasting injury to himself and character. . . . I dined at Taylor’s last night with that
excellent young man
Lord Forbes,* and I have never seen a greater appearance of worth and honor in any young man in my life. Besides being Moira’s nephew, he is an aide-de-camp to the Regent, and he has received such usage from his Master, either on his uncle’s account or his own voting in Parliament, that he won’t go near him, and greatly to the horror of Taylor, he came to dine yesterday with the yellow lining and the Prince’s buttons taken away from his coat. He said never again would he carry about him so degrading a badge of servitude to such a master. To Taylor, who was done up in the neatest edition of the said badge, this was too much. On Saturday, a great lot of us dined at Kit Hutchinson’s request at the British Coffee House, with the gentlemen educated at Trinity College, Dublin; Kit in the chair, and it really was most entertaining. Irish genius for speaking and eloquence was never more conspicuous: upon my soul, I think five or six fellows who spoke—quite young men—spoke as well as Pitt. . . .”

“House of Commons.

“Well, now we have made a start. Mr. Canning has got up with due pomp and dignity, and has declared he has full authority to state from his noble friend Lord Wellesley that he, Lord Wellesley, has this morning received from the Regent his Royal Highness’s commands to form an administration. So much for this first official act of the new Whig Government! . . .”