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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 18 April 1823

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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“April 18th.

“You never saw such confusion and consternation as was produced in the Ministerial row by Burdett’s speech [on Catholic emancipation]. . . . In the midst

* H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester.

of the debate arose that alarming episode between
Brougham and Canning. . . . Brougham was laying about him upon Canning’s ‘truckling’ to Eldon for his late admission into the Cabinet,* when the latter sprung up in the greatest fury saying—‘that is false!’ Upon this we had the devil to pay for near an hour, and Wilson had at last the credit of settling it by a speech of very great merit, and to the satisfaction of all parties. Brougham, I think, was wrong to begin with; he was speaking under the impression produced upon him by Canning’s blackguard observation to Folkestone the night before, viz. that ‘if he had truckled to the Bourbons, as stated by Folkestone, at all events he would never truckle to him.’ Brougham was going on like a madman, but Canning was much worse in his rage, and in his violation of the rules of the House. . . . The House generally was decidedly against Canning, as it had been the night before upon his passion and low-lived tirade against Folkestone, saying ‘he spoke with all the contortions of the Sibyl without her inspiration.’. . . In short, Canning’s temper is playing the devil with him, as I always felt sure it would.”