The Greville Memoirs: Volume 7

The Greville Memoirs: Volume 7 : 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 7 covers the four years from Wellington's funeral in 1852 to the end of 1855, during which time Britain, as part of an international alliance, was at war with Russia in the Crimea.
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1. Division of the Liberal Party; 2. A Royal Commission on Reform; 3. Weakness of the Government; 4. The Conference at Olmutz; 5. Lord Palmerston's return; 6. Dinner to Sir Charles Napier; 7. Difficulties of the campaign; 8. Lord John's views on the Ministry; 9. The Vienna Conference; 10. The Queen's visit to France.
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