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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to James Currie, 16 May 1803

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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“16th May.

“. . . I supped with Fox, Grey, &c., &c., last night at Whitbread’s. Fox says there are no state papers to be given us; the whole dispute has been carried on by conversation. It began in consequence of some intemperate furious expression of Buonaparte; it related to Egypt. . . . The Consul got irritated; said he would put himself at the head of his army and invade England. But the offence is about Egypt. He said upon this subject—Nous l’aurons malgre vous! Fox says he believes this conversation to be the origin of the dispute, and that our claims upon Malta are in the way of recognizance to make Buonaparte keep the peace. . . .”