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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 23 June 1834

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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“. . . As I arrived first to dinner at Paul Methuen’s,‡ and Brougham arrived second, I had him

* Creevey’s forecast was fulfilled by Lord Grey’s resignation in July following.

† As Chancellor of the University.

‡ Created Lord Methuen in 1838.

out on a balcony to myself in no time. I stated William Roscoe’s case as one that he was actually bound to attend to—that he professed to be the patron of literary merit—that
Roscoe’s father’s fame in that department was unrivalled [? unquestioned]—that, moreover, he was his friend, and had boasted to me of corresponding with him to his dying day—that he [Roscoe] had been his principal supporter in our Liverpool contest, and in short that, after a most meritorious life, he had been reduced by misfortune to nearly beggary. Brougham admitted all this, but said he had nothing to give worth Wm. Roscoe’s acceptance. In a short time afterwards he took me out on the balcony again, and said:—‘I have been thinking Wm. Roscoe’s case over, and I have a place that would suit him. They will have it that I must have an Accountant-General for my new Bankruptcy Court, and Wm. Roscoe shall have it. It will be £1200 a year for life.’—Now was there ever? I take it for granted he will jib and fling over both William and myself; mais nous verrons! It will be curious to see what invention he will resort to in order to defeat this gratuitous offer.

“We had a most jolly day and very good company. Mrs. Methuen is a sister of Ly. Radnor, and a great improvement upon her—I don’t mean in morals; I know nothing upon that subject, except that the parent female stock, who was there in the evening, has been somewhat slippery in her day.”