THE pages of Croker and Creevey show that, in 1810, politics were in a very unsettled state. Perceval, dogged by ill-success, was not popular. The general opinion was that a change of ministry could not long be delayed, and that Grenville and Grey would be put at the head of affairs; but in the ranks of the Opposition there was mutiny and rancorous intrigue.
State of politics.
In the early debates of the session, full advantage was taken of the unfortunate expedition to the Scheldt,1 and of the apparent want of success in the Peninsula. There can be no doubt that the former was a fair object for attack, but the persistent hostility to Wellington seems to argue more regard for party than patriotism.2 On the whole, one does not get the idea that____________________