IN political history, the chief interest of the year -- graphically reflected with all its intrigues and heartburnings in the pages of Creevey -- was the change in administration which was to confirm the Tories in power for fifteen years to come. Wellesley had resigned in February, to some extent as a protest against the lukewarm support given to his brother -- "impeded in every movement, and checked in the midst of every enterprise, by the apathy, or ill-will, or helplessness, or whatever it was that prevented his own government sending him men, money, stores, and cheering words" -- but chiefly because the Regent would not hear of any concession to the Roman Catholic claims; and Grey and Grenville had refused to join the Cabinet for the same reason. After the assassination of Perceval, on 15th May,1 it was difficult to persuade any leading man to take the chief responsibility, when there was so much distress at home and when Napoleon's star was still in the ascendent. When five attempts had been made, Lord Liverpool formed an administration; 2 Vansittart succeeded Perceval as Chancellor of the Exchequer; Sidmouth became Home Secretary in place of Ryder; and Castlereagh retained the place, to which he had succeeded on Wellesley's resignation, of Secretary for Foreign Affairs. It was
Lord Liverpool's Ministry.