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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 18 August 1820

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., 18th Aug.

“. . . Brougham’s speech (the last hour of which I did not hear) is allowed on all hands to have been excellent. We had a full Brooks’s last night, and much jaw; Grey affable, quite sure the bill will be knocked up sooner or later, and offering to take [? lay] ten to one it will disappear, even in the Lords, before Saturday fortnight. He knows the cursed folly he committed yesterday in forsaking the Duke of Leinster. . . . Western is first rate in his decision that it won’t do, and that Grey never can shew his face as a public man again. . . .”

“House of Lords, 12 o’clock.

“. . . Denman is speaking as well as possible, tho’ I am all against his introducing jokes, which he has been doing somewhat too much. I was much astonished at their lordships being so much and so universally tickled as they were by some of his stories. Denman, holding the bill in his hand, said:—‘Levity of manner is one of its charges. Why this charge, applies to all Royal people: they are all good-tempered and playful.’ Then he gave a conversation which took place between his present Majesty and Sam Spring, the waiter at the Cocoa Tree, where Sam cracked his jokes and was very familiar with the Prince; upon which the latter said:—‘This is all very well between you and me, Sam, but beware of being equally familiar with Norfolk and Abercorn.’ All the Lords recognised the story and snorted out hugely—Bishops and all.

“I thought the Lords rose to receive the Queen with a better grace to-day than yesterday. Everything respecting her coming to the House is now as perfect as possible. She has a most superb and beautiful

* The barrier described on p. 306.

coach with six horses—the coachman driving in a cap, like the old king’s coachman; and a good coach of her own behind for
Craven and Gell. . . .”

“Brooks’s, 5 o’clock.

“. . . Nothing can be more triumphant for the Queen than this day altogether. . . . The truth is the Law Officers of the Crown are damnably overweighted by Brougham and Denman. . . .”