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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey, Journal entry, 27 September-5 October 1809

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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Thursday, 28th, till Oct. 5th.—. . . Conversation after dinner and after supper always as artificial as the devil, Lord Grey shewing his spite at my conduct the last session, and his own folly by the following observations made by him—‘The Duke of York’s business last session in the House of Commons never gave the King a moment’s uneasiness.’—‘The Duke of York was the best Commander-in-chief the army ever had, except in the field!’—‘Adam was used shamefully in the House of C. last session.’—‘Lord Castlereagh’s business in the House of Commons last session about
the writership did not do him the slightest injury.’—‘
Canning calling Coke of Norfolk a landed grandee was damned good.’—‘Romilly had entirely failed in the House of Commons.’—‘The first man this country has seen since Burke’s time is Brougham.’—‘Piggott was the best speaker in the House next to Canning.’ . . . Lord Grey says tho’ he is against proscription in forming an administration, yet Canning is the last man he would unite with.

Mrs. Creevey receives a letter from Lady Petre begging her and me to write letters of introduction in Edinburgh for her son, young Lord Petre, who is going there. Mrs. Creevey asks Lord Grey to let her send a note to Alnwick to bring him and his tutor over here. Lord and Lady Grey make such difficulty about beds, and, in short, fling such cold water upon the proposal, that we drop the subject. Take notice, there was room in the house—plenty. Lord Petre’s family have spent £15,000 at least in supporting Lord Grey’s party in elections, &c., &c., besides great intimacy between the families. So much for gratitude in political leaders to their supporters!. . .