'Beginning Reform is beginning Revolution.'
'LOOK AT THAT IDIOT!' the late King had once whispered in Mme de Lieven's ear at the dinner table, indicating his brother, the Duke of Clarence, whose red-thatched face -- 'like a frog carved on a coconut' -- could be seen at the other end of the table. 'They will remember me, if he is ever in my place.' 1
Now that King William IV was in his brother's place, Wellington endeavoured to establish as reasonably satisfactory relations as he had done with George IV. There were some doubts that he would be able to do so as Wellington had already felt in duty bound to check the eccentric behaviour of King William as Lord High Admiral and had accepted his resignation in August 1828. But, as it happened, the Duke got on perfectly well with the new King whom he found, while eccentric, unpredictable and naive, quite reasonable and manageable. In fact, so Wellington told Charles Greville, he could do more business with him in ten minutes than he could in ten days with King George IV who had constantly wandered off into digressions on every kind of subject except that which was meant to be under discussion. 'If I had been able to deal with my late master as I do with my present,' the Duke said, 'I should have got on much better.'2
King William seemed to share the Duke's political views, and showed no eagerness to press for the admission of Lord Grey into the Government as Wellington feared he would do.
At a dinner party at Apsley House, to which his Majesty had invited himself together with the King and Queen of Württemberg, he delivered himself of one of those inordinately long and inconsequential speeches to which he was addicted, elaborating upon the virtues of the married state which, intended to please the German guests, was naturally not so welcome to their host, and, having asked the band to play See the Conquering Hero Comes and made allusion to the Duke's conquest of the French, had to modify his words on recollecting that