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The Creevey Papers
Lady Holland to Eleanor Creevey, [1813]

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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“Holland House, Saty.

“. . . The great wonder of the time is Mme. de Stael. She is surrounded by all the curious, and every sentence she utters is caught and repeated with various commentaries. Her first appearance was at Ly. Jersey’s, where Lady Hertford also was, and looked most scornfully at her, pretending her determination not to receive her as she was an atheist! and immoral woman. This harsh resolve was mitigated by an observation very agreeable to the observer—that her personal charms have greatly improved within the last 25 years. She (Mme. de Stael) is violent against the Emperor, who, she says, is not a man—‘ce n’est point un homme, mais un système’—an Incarnation of the Revolution. Women he considers as only useful ‘pour produire les conscrits;’ otherwise ‘c’est une classe qu’il voudroit supprimer.’ She is much less ugly than I expected; her eyes are fine, and her hand and arm very handsome. She was
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Sheridan upon the excellence of his heart and moral principles, and he in return upon her beauty and grace. She is to live in Manchester Street, and go occasionally to breathe the country air at Richmond Inn.

“During the debate on the Swedish treaty, Mr. Ward* came into the Coffee House, assigning for his reason that he could not bear to hear Ld. Castlereagh abuse his Master; upon which Jekyll said—‘Pray, Ward, did yr. last Master give you a character, or did this one take you without?’ Those present describe Ward as being overwhelmed, for, with all his talent, he is not ready at repartee, tho’ no doubt by this time he has some neat epigrams upon the occasion. Lady Jane has had a return of spitting of blood, and she was blooded twice last week; the pain in her breast is very troublesome, and I much fear she is fast approaching to an untimely close of her innocent and valuable life.† There are reports, but I believe idle ones, of marriages between Lady Mildmay and Ld. Folkestone, and Sir Harry [Mildmay] and Miss Thayer. Ld. H. Beauclerk is certainly to marry Miss Dillon. The Greys . . . are not invited to the fêtes at C[arlton] House, nor any more of the Opposition than usual. . . .”