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The Creevey Papers
Lady Louisa Molyneux to Thomas Creevey, 17 January 1838

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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“Arlington St., Jan. 17th, 1838.

“. . . Papa has found some amusement in a book that occupies everybody now—more, it appears, from its atrocity than from any merit it has—Memoires et correspondence of Queen Caroline, edited by Lady Charlotte Bury, in which there are so many bad stories ill told, and so many personal remarks on living people, that I cannot imagine anybody ever speaking to her again. Her name is not to the book, but everybody knows it is hers.

Poodle Byng, &c., have tried, it seems, rather a dangerous experiment with the [new] House of Commons, by which they lighted it so brilliantly that you could read the smallest print; and if you held a candle to the paper it added no light to the dazzling glare, which came from 5000 apertures in gas-pipes between the roofs, where the thermometer was at 120, and kept rising! They had fire engines in attendance, and a hose laid along every gas-pipe for fear of accidents; but they will not venture to try it again. . . . Think of Lord Foley having sold Witley to Ld. Ward* for £890,000! He was some little time

* Created Earl of Dudley in 1860.

in making up his mind to part with the place they were all so fond of; but he will now have £19,000 a year without any debt, instead of being the wretched impoverished man he was.* I have had a letter from
Alava, who says of Sir John Colborne†:—‘J’ai grande confiance dans Colborne—officier du premier ordre, très aimé et tres estimé tant de Sir J. Moore comme du Duc de Wellington, et quel bel éloge! Il est non seulement excellent militaire, mais qualified pour toute espèce de commandement, et d’une moralité et probité dignes d’autres temps.’

“The burning of the Royal Exchange has put the City in great dismay. They are very quiet, and were to give £16,000 this morning at 9 o’clock for a house in Lombard Street, to go on with at present, and meet there at twelve. I hope the poor bells chiming their death song brought tears into your eyes.”