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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 16 May 1831

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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“. . . Brougham said to Sefton yesterday:—‘I hear a batch of new peers is on the stocks; but I have never been consulted; which I think is pretty well, considering my situation. However, as they can’t be made without the Great Seal being put to their patents, I’ll be damned if I use it for such purpose till I am properly consulted and give my consent!’ . . . As I learnt from Lord Sefton that Brougham’s observations about me had been made at the Queen’s ball last Monday, I was prepared for some change of manner in him when we met at dinner at Mrs. Ferguson’s on Thursday; but it was quite otherwise. . . . We met again on Saturday at Hughes’s, and tho’ he was evidently out of sorts, it was not with me, for he confided to me before dinner that he never saw such a set of bores collected together—that the thing was damnable—and whenever he made any exertion at dinner, it was in addressing me at quite the other end of the table. As to bores, I don’t know that they were particularly so. Lady Augusta Milbank, and Ciss Underwood, with such a profusion of gold bijouterie in all parts that nothing was wanting but something

* Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury.

Marquess and Marchioness of Cleveland.

hanging from her nose.
Sir Harry and Lady Grey, little Sussex, Vaux, Lords Dundas and Uxbridge,* Denman, Col. J. Hughes, Councillor Whateley, Admiral Codrington (a real bore), Mr. Creevey, and some others I think. I sat next to Denman,† and never was more surprised than to find him a feeble punster and as commonplace a chap in conversation as I ever saw in my life. As Suss‡ took to smoking, and Vaux from ennui did the same, I availed myself of my remote situation near a door, and whipt off before they went to coffee.”