The Greville Memoirs: Volume 4

The Greville Memoirs: Volume 4 : 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 form an important historical source for the first half of the nineteenth century. Volume 4 begins with the accession of Queen Victoria. Domestic politics were still unsettled, leading to calls for the repeal of the Corn Laws. There were continued troubles in Ireland, and also war with China over the opium more

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Introduction; 1. The new reign; 2. Debates on the Canada Bill; 3. A ball at the Palace; 4. The Queen and Lord Melbourne; 5. Opening of the Session; 6. The Whigs retain the Government; 7. Review of the Session; 8. The ex-King of Westphalia; 9. The Cabinet meets; 10. Successes in India, China, and Syria; more