The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV, King William IV and Queen Victoria by Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (1794-1865) was one of the most important English political and social diarists. Clerk to the Privy Council for over forty years, he mixed with all the great political names of the day, including Wellington, Melbourne, Palmerston and Peel. Greville was fascinated by people, and a great collector of information, believing that 'there is always something to be learned from everybody if you touch them on the points they know'. Greville always intended his diaries to be published after his death. They appeared in eight volumes between 1874 and 1887, and form an important historical source for the first half of the nineteenth century. Volume 2 begins with the funeral of George IV, and concentrates largely on the disputes surrounding the passing of the Reform Bill. It also includes debates on the state of Ireland in the 1830s.