The Greville Memoirs: Volume 1

The Greville Memoirs: Volume 1 : A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV, King William IV and Queen Victoria

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Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (1794-1865) was one of the most important English political and social diarists. Clerk to the Privy Council for over forty years, he mixed with all the great political names of the day, including Wellington, Melbourne, Palmerston and Peel. Greville was fascinated by people, and a great collector of information, believing that 'there is always something to be learned from everybody if you touch them on the points they know'. Greville always intended his diaries to be published after his death. They appeared in eight volumes between 1874 and 1887 and as a collected edition in 1888, and form an important historical source for the first half of the nineteenth century. Volume 1 begins at the end of George III's reign, recounts the trial of Queen Caroline, and includes Wellington's premiership and the Catholic Emancipation question. It ends with Greville's travels in France and more

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Preface; Introduction; 1. Queen Charlotte; 2. Popularity of George IV; 3. The panic of 1825; 4. The Duke of Wellington's administration; 5. The Catholic Relief Bill; 6. The Recorder's Report; 7. Chapter of the Bath; 8. Calais; 9. Lake of Albano; 10. Mola di Gaeta; Note on Mr. Greville's connexion with the more