politician and man of public affairs, who was for many years clerk to the Privy Council. From 1820 to 1860 he kept a detailed diary of his life in the inner circles of politics and power. He was the friend and trusted confidant of both Whigs and Tories, and includes in his work many lively portraits of friends and colleagues, such as the duke of Wellington and Lord Palmerston. His Memoirs were first edited and published in 1874–87. See also Diaries.
Subjects: Literature — British History.