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The Creevey Papers
Henry Brougham to Thomas Creevey, 1 July 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, 1st July, 1814.
“Dear C.,

“I suppose you have heard of Mother P. bungling the thing so compleatly—snapping eagerly at the cash, and concluding with a civil observation about unwillingness to ‘impair the Regent’s tranquillity!!’ &c. This was all done on the spot and in a moment, and communicated to Sam and me next day, ‘that we might be clear of all blame in advising it.’ We are of course fully justified in giving her up. I had written a proper letter to the Speaker, refusing, which would only have made the House certain to give it [the grant to the Princess]. The intelligence came before my letter reached her.

“However, tho’ she deserves death, yet we must not abandon her, in case P. gets a victory after all, therefore I have made her send St. Leger to the Bp. of Lincoln (Dean of St. Paul’s) to notify her intention of going in state on Thursday, and demand proper seats for her and her suite. They are trying to fight off, but tho’ they may dirty themselves, nothing shall prevent her from going. This is a healing and a good measure.

“Again—there is a second letter from Castlereagh, mentioning a bill to ‘confirm the arrangement of 1809;’ and as this involves separation, it has (as well it may) alarmed her, and now she is all for asking our advice! They may make such a blunder, as all along
they have blundered; if they do, we are all alive again, and shall push it. Say now it strikes you.

“As for Westr.—it now appears that Ald. Wood is only making a catspaw of old C[artwright]* and that he counts on his dying, and leaving a place for him—the Alderman. He has avowed that he would rather see Sheridan, or any court tool, returned than a Whig in disguise, viz., me; and he asserts plainly that, on the comparison, ‘more is to be hoped from Cart.’s parliamentary talents than from B.’s—the former being greater.’ This has opened some eyes—for they justly conclude he can’t be really speaking his mind. . . . I can’t help fearing Burdett is doing something, but I don’t know for certain. Holland House from personal hatred [i.e. of Brougham] supports Sherry; the Russells and Cavendishes, I understand, quite the contrary. . . .”