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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Thomas Smith, 25 March 1820

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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March 25th.

Hobhouse, I conclude, has been elected to-day, and I hope will conduct himself with reasonable prudence and temper in Parliament, where he will have many enemies; but he has shown great courage and considerable talent during the whole of the election. Lamb’s Government support, on which he principally relied in a great degree, failed him. The King was favourable to his cause, but the Ministers, with the exception of Canning and Huskisson, stood aloof and were indifferent.

Hunt’s trial,1 which will probably terminate to-day,

1 Henry Hunt, the hero of Peterloo, born 1773, died 1835; was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, which he passed in Ilchester Gaol. He had contested Bristol against Sir Samuel Romilly, stood in 1818 unsuccessfully for Westminster, and opposed Hobhouse in 1819 for the same constituency, thereby securing the election of George Lamb. Was elected for Preston in 1830, and presented the first petition for the Rights of Women.

Sir Samuel Romilly called him “a most unprincipled demagogue” (“Dictionary of National Biography”).

“The Monastery”
is very interesting. The case against him, even as stated by
Scarlett, was not a strong one, and was feebly supported by evidence. The result, whatever may be the verdict, cannot but be discreditable to the Manchester magistrates and their panegyrists.

Walter Scott is arrived in town, to be made a baronet. His new novel, “The Monastery,” is just published, and he has now in hand a continuation of it, which is to be called “The Abbot,” or by some such name. He has received for these two novels and “Ivanhoe” 9,000 guineas, and 11,000 for the copyright of the former “Tales of my Landlord.”