'Got such a letter from Mama, oh, oh such a letter.'
'I CANNOT RESIST TELLING YOU,' Thomas Creevey wrote to his step-daughter, Elizabeth Ord, 'that our dear little Queen in every respect is perfection.' 1
A few weeks later Creevey gave an example of the little Queen's good nature by relating a story of her encounter with one of her ladies, Lady Charlemont, well known to be a bluestocking, who had asked Lady Tavistock, the Queen's Lady of the Bedchamber, if she might take books out of the library at Windsor. ' "Oh yes, my dear," said Lady Tavistock, not knowing what reading means, "as many as you like." '
Upon which Lady Charlemont swept away a whole row, and was carrying them away in her apron. Passing thro' the gallery in this state, whom should she meet but little Vic! Great was her perturbation, for in the first place a low curtsy was necessary, and what was to come of the books, for they must curtsy too. Then to be found with all this property within the first half hour of her coming and before even she had seen Vic! . . . But Vic was very much amused with the thing altogether, laughed heartily and was as good humoured as ever she could be. 2
Creevey's good opinion of the Queen was commonly shared. Charles Greville, never a man to pay an idle or ill-considered compliment, had an opportunity to study her closely when, acting in his office as Clerk to the Privy Council, he attended a meeting of the Council in the Red Saloon