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The Creevey Papers
Henry Brougham to Thomas Creevey, [January] 1828

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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“[January] 1828.

“. . . Don’t be alarmed, but endeavour to receive with equanimity, and if possible with fortitude, the painful intelligence that your beloved Sovereign has been most dangerously ill, and is still in a very precarious state. He lost in all 120 ounces of the blood-Royal in the course of about ten days. The complaint was inflammation, I suppose of the bladder, for they say it was owing to some illness of the prostate gland. I am told he is very far indeed from rallying as he used to do when bled formerly, and that all the loyal subjects near his person are in much consternation.

“The Parlt. is likely to open in a very ‘unsatisfactory’ state—as our friend Castlereagh (God rest his soul) was wont to say. The chief ‘feature’—I mean Peel—will find it quite impossible to calculate on a majority on any one question, except perhaps a motion for turning them out or reforming the Parlt.; and how
he is even to get thro’ the forms of a debate, if he is opposed by all the parties not in office, seems inconceivable, for even
Vesey is not there, being laid on the shelf for some months. The Ultras are in great force, and the Huskissons full of faction. As a proof of the kind of steps the Tories are taking, I may say that your friend Lord Lonsdale has, in a letter which I have a copy of, been encouraging the Cumberland county meeting, advising them to lay the state of distress before Parlt., because the Beau desires it; and adding that they should not point out any remedies, but only ascribe it to the burthens upon agricultural produce and the reduced currency. . . . Lonsdale then seems to have thought that it might be said—‘How happens your son Billy to be in office while you are thus mischievously embarrassing H.M. Government?’ so he adds, awkwardly enough, that he is convinced Lord Lowther’s first consideration is the interest of the country, and that he never would keep office if he thought, &c., &c., &c.

“I find that the worthy Laureate, Southey, is to move or second the resoln. that the distress is within the power of the Legislature; and a cousin of the family (H. Lowther), who holds one of their livings, is to move another. Meanwhile, the Beau stands firm and says ‘he will keep his position;’ meaning, of course, without any change. But unfortunately it is Peel whose position will be to keep; so then, they say, the Beau adds—‘he shall bring forward measures, and if the Parlt. won’t support him, he can’t help it.’ His strength is no doubt in the Ultras, whom no one can wish well to, and the Huskissons, whom few will trust, after what happened two years ago. But this feeling won’t carry the said Beau thro everything, and I am quite confident he reckons without his host if he counts on it to the extent I hear.”