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The Greville Memoirs

A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, Vol. II

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Published: 1874
Language: English
Wordcount: 160,688 / 472 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.5
LoC Category: DA
Downloads: 402
Added to site: 2009.12.03
mnybks.net#: 25928
Genre: Biography
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covered that he was no loss, and King William a great gain. Certainly nobody ever was less regretted than the late King, and the breath was hardly out of his body before the press burst forth in full cry against him, and raked up all his vices, follies, and misdeeds, which were numerous and glaring enough.

The new King began very well. Everybody expected he would keep the Ministers in office, but he threw himself into the arms of the Duke of Wellington with the strongest expressions of confidence and esteem. He proposed to all the Household, as well as to the members of Government, to keep their places, which they all did except Lord Conyngham and the Duke of Montrose. He soon after, however, dismissed most of the equerries, that he might fill their places with the members of his own family. Of course such a King wanted not due praise, and plenty of anecdotes were raked up of his former generosities and kindnesses. His first speech to the Council was well enough given, but his burlesque character began

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