The Greville Diary: Including Passages Hitherto Withheld from Publication - Vol. 1

The Greville Diary: Including Passages Hitherto Withheld from Publication - Vol. 1

The Greville Diary: Including Passages Hitherto Withheld from Publication - Vol. 1

The Greville Diary: Including Passages Hitherto Withheld from Publication - Vol. 1

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"GURNALISING"

AMID the journals which have instructed the mind and startled the senses of mankind, there are two which stand out preeminent, a class by themselves. Pepys is one, Greville the other.

Pepys had to be deciphered. Greville's only code was a sinuous lucidity. And so plain was his meaning that hitherto many of his pages have been withheld from the public. In these volumes, there will be found for the first time the passages thus suppressed. After sixty years of speculation, the censorship over these famous records, both royal and social, is ignored. And Greville is permitted to tell not only the truth as he saw it but the whole of that truth.

In all, there appear to have been nearly 1,100 suppressions. And they cover more than 400 pages of typescript, the number of words exceeding 1000,000. Some of the suppressions are, of course, merely verbal or otherwise unimportant. But, taken as a whole, the material now released is of absorbing human interest and essential to the historian.

What set Greville at the head of all diarists was his unique opportunity for seeing and knowing things. He was grandson of a Duke of Portland who had been twice Prime Minister. His family was connected with all the ruling families, including the Cannings. Throughout his entire career, he was Clerk of the Privy Council, by virtue of which position he was in constant and personal touch with Kings George IV and William IV, Queen Victoria, and all the leading statesmen and ecclesiastics of their period. Others saw Peel and Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, Melbourne, Grey, and Brougham from a distance, afar off. Greville met these men as equals, dined with . . .

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