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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 6 October 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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“House of Lords, Oct. 6th.

“Wonders will never cease. Upon my soul! this Queen must be innocent after all. Lady Charlotte went on in her cross-examination, and could never be touched; tho’ she was treated most infamously—so much so as to make her burst out crying. There was a ticklish point about a letter from her brother, advising her to give up her place under the Queen, which [letter] she said she could not find. The fact

* Referring to the evidence of some of the Italian witnesses for the prosecution, who in cross-examination so often answered, Non mi ricordo—“I don’t remember”—that it passed into a saying.

is, her husband,
Lindsay, who is in the greatest distress, has absolutely sold her correspondence on this subject to the Treasury. She told this to Brougham himself under the most solemn injunction of secrecy, and he has this instant told it to me. When, therefore, Brougham mentioned loudly the name of Maule as a person to be called as a witness, the Chancellor decided the letter should not be produced—this Maule being the Solicitor to the Treasury, who bought the correspondence of Lindsay. Was there ever villainy equal to this? Eldon and Liverpool had some sharp words on this occasion in the House. Thank God, the villains get out of temper with each other! . . . Gell, cross-examined and examined by the Lords, left everything still more triumphant for the Queen; so much so that Pelham and a few other bishops are gone home to cut their throats. Lord Enniskillen has just said in my hearing that the Ministers ought to be damned for coming out with such a case. . . .