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A JOURNAL OF THE REIGNS
KING GEORGE IV. AND KING WILLIAM IV.
By the Late CHARLES C. F. GREVILLE, Esq.,
Clerk of the Council to those Sovereigns.
Registrar of the Privy Council. It had long been known that Mr. incidents occurred. They have, thereCHARLES GREVILLE kept a journal of the fore, the character of strictly contemporary principal political occurrences he had evidence, and they convey to the reader witnessed in the course of his long and the impression of the time exactly as it active life, and that he left it at his death existed at that moment. to be published, after a certain lapse of time, by his friend and colleague Mr.
On many political transactions of HENRY REEVE. Probably no man who
moment, such as the second reading of the lived in the first half of this century was
Reform Bill, the refusal of PEEL to take more highly qualified than Mr. GREVILLE
office in May 1832, and his subsequent to leave behind him a vivid and faithful
struggle in 1835, these volumes throw a picture of the society around him. He
new and important light. But to many had been a page of KING GEORGE III. at readers the most interesting portion of 12; he was private secretary to Lord
the book will be the literally reported BATHURST, a Cabinet Minister, at 18; he
conversations with the Duke of WELLINGlived in the intimacy of the Duke of YORK,
ton about his campaigns, and his Grace's and took the management of the Duke's
opinions on a multitude of subjects. The race-horses at 24. In the following year
Sovernigns themselves who give their he became Clerk of the Council, and lived
names to these volumes cut, it must be confor the next forty years of his life in daily
fessed, a poor figure in it. The egregions and intimate communication with the Duke
selfishness and wilfulness of GEORGE IV. of WELLINGTON, Lord LYNDHURST, Lord
and the rough buffoonery of his wellBROUGHAM, Lord JOHN RUSSELL, Lord
meaning successor, were never more miMELBOURNE, Holland House, Lord DOVER,
nutely described. The young Priucess Princess LIEVEN, LadyJERSEY, Tom MOORF,
Victoria appears in the distance, and the MACAULAY, and, in short, all the most
work closes with the striking scene of her brilliant and illustrious society of his day.
accession to the throne. He was equally well known at Newmarket and in Whitehall, and in the literary
It is impossible to give in this brief circles of London, to which he was attracted
summary more than a very faint idea of by strong literary tastes. He was the
the varied interest, the anecdotes, the universal referee in a thousand difficulties
graphic sketches of character, the curious and disputes—ever ready to serve his
predictions, and the acute remarks which friends, or to take up his pen for any just
diversify these volumes.
In the judgment of the Editor they are a very valuable
contribution to a most popular branch of A record of the time traced by a man literature—that of Memoirs-in which the so conversant with it, so popular and so French are richer than ourselves; and it unprejudiced, can scarcely fail to have an is in such works that the very sources of unusual degree of interest; especially as history are to be traced, especially when these Notes have not been rearranged or they are written as this book is, with altered to square with subsequent events, perfect frankness, independence, and good but are faithfully published as they were faith, and in a very pungent and attractive written at the very time the different style.
London, LONGMANS & CO.