Creevey Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence & Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevey, M.P., Born 1768--Died 1838

Creevey Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence & Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevey, M.P., Born 1768--Died 1838

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Creevey Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence & Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevey, M.P., Born 1768--Died 1838

Creevey Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence & Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevey, M.P., Born 1768--Died 1838

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"How little," exclaims Mr. Birrell, in his recent memoir of William Hazlitt, "how little is it we know about the character of a dead man we never saw!" Little enough, as a rule, of the performer, even when the part he has played has been historical; still less when his natural gifts have not availed to raise him to distinction, or circumstances refused him a place above the common run of his kind. Nevertheless it is given to certain men of subordinate importance in their day so to reveal themselves in correspondence or, more rarely, in their journals, as to leave upon him who, in after years, shall stir the venerable store and decipher the faded pages, an impression of their personality so vivid as to convince him of the writer's character and motives.

Of such was Thomas Creevey, sometime member of Parliament for Thetford, and afterwards for Appleby --both of them pocket boroughs of the most unregenerate type. Born in Liverpool in March, 1768, he was the son of William Creevey, merchant of that city, and certain allusions in his correspondence seem to show that his parents were natives of Ireland. But Creevey himself seems to have been pretty much in . . .

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