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The Creevey Papers
Henry Brougham to Thomas Creevey, [April?] 1814

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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“Temple, 1814.
“Dear C.,

“I write to congratulate you on this most speedy and compleat, as well as favorable termination

* One was the rehabilitation of the Princess of Wales, the other, probably, Roman Catholic Emancipation.

† The Emperor Alexander I. of Russia, at that time in high favour with the English Whigs.

Tierney, Abercromby, &c.

of the Revolution. I pass over the reasons for approving of it as regards France. These are many—but I look chiefly to England. We have been working day and night (and seldom succeeding) to knock off a miserable £10,000 or £20,000 a year from the patronage of the Crown. This event cuts down 50 or 60 millions at once. If we had made peace with
Bpte., Prinney would have been bitterly annoyed, the aristocrats humbled, the ministers (a good, quiet, easily-beaten set of blockheads) turned out, and a much worse and stronger set of men put in their places; but who could nave looked to any real diminution of Army, Navy and expenditure? It would have been impossible. Now, there is not a pretence for keeping these sources of patronage open. Besides—the gag is gone, which used to stop our mouths as often as any reform was mentioned—‘Revolution’ first, and then ‘Invasion.’ These cues are gone. It really appears to me that the game is in the hands of the Opposition. Every charge will now breed more and more of discontent. The dismissal of officers and other war functionaries will throw thousands out of employ, who will sooner or later ferment and turn to vinegar. All this will tell agst. Govt. and the benefits of the peace. The relief from taxes, &c., will never be able to tell much for them.

“One should think these things evident enough, and yet the Cole school, and Holland House above all, are in perfect despair. I am, however, glad to find Grey as right and factious as can be. . . . Thanet is exactly in the same spirit, tho’ he expects nothing from the folly and moderation of our friends and their fear of annoying Prinnie. By the way, Ld. Grey dines with Mother P. on Wednesday next to meet the D. of Glo’ster, to the no small annoyance of the Coles. . . . Pray don’t forget that a Govt. is not supported a hundredth part so much by the constant, uniform, quiet prosperity of the country, as by these damned spurts which Pitt used to have just in the nick of time, and latterly by the almost daily horn and gun under which we nave been living.”