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The Creevey Papers
Henry Brougham to Thomas Creevey, 27 April 1827

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 27, 1827.
“Dear C.,

“I fear you are a rural politician—ruris amator—one of the provincials of whom Jonathan Raine said in his N. Circuit verses—
‘Quid memorem quotquot, rurali more, colonis
Ruris amatores dant sua jura suis?’
So you have a politick of your own, as Maude has a law. How can you, being of [illegible] mind, possibly think that the Ministry—or any Ministry—can stand on volunteer and candid support? My only principle is:—‘Lock the door on
Eldon and Co.;’ and this can only be done by joining C[anning].

“Well, even my not being in office is making the devil’s own mischief. Where am I to sit? [illegible]’s place, or Pitt’s old hill fort? or where? How am I to communicate with C[anning]? Besides, the Tories don’t believe me with C., and are trying to trap me by motions. Nice, to be sure, had any man such a singular, not to say absurd power over a Govt. as I shall have. Lord L[ansdowne], D. of Devonshire, &c., all take place protesting against my exclusion, and swearing they only submit to it while I do. Scarlett A[ttorney] G[eneral], but Eldon went off in a headache to escape swearing him in. . . .

H. B.