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The Creevey Papers
Thomas Creevey to Elizabeth Ord, 23 November 1820

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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“Brooks’s, Nov. 23, 4 o’clock.

“No! I have seen many things in my life, but, in point of atrocity, nothing equal to our proceedings of to-day in the H. of Commons. Brougham wrote a note last night both to the Speaker and Lord Castlereagh, telling them he should have a communication to make to the H. of Commons from the Queen. Castlereagh did not answer the note; but the Speaker wrote him an answer that he would take the chair at ½ past 2, provided there were members enough present to make a house. We were there, of course, in great force, and he took the chair at the time appointed; but, after swearing in two new members, and when Denman was upon his legs, just opening the Queen’s communication, the Usher of the Black Rod knocked at the door. . . . You may suppose we all made a lusty holloa of ‘Mr. Denman! Mr.

* Holland House disapproved of the activity of “the Mountain” in the Queen’s defence; while Creevey and the rest of the Mountain resented bitterly the deference shown by Holland House to the King’s party.

Denman!’ The Speaker, however, left the chair, upon which
Bennet called out with a loud voice—‘This is scandalous!’ As the Speaker walked down the house, followed by Castlereagh, Vansittart and a few others, we holloaed out—‘Shame! shame!’ that might have been heard in any part of Westminster Hall. Certainly such a scene has never occurred in the H. of Commons since Charles the 1st’s time. There were 150 members present. The villains dared not shew this specimen of their low and pitiful spite in public: the galleries were closed; but Lambton has just given the editor of the Traveller an account of what passed. Canning was not in the House. . . . After all, there was no Speech from the Throne, quite contrary to all practices. If there had been one, the Speaker must have come back to report it to us; but this was the thing meant to be avoided; so, after being literally hooted out of our House, after going from the Lords he found his way the nearest road home, leaving us to find out as we could that we were actually prorogued.”