Notice – Anonymous – 1 Mar 1831

Document Type: Notice
Date: 1 Mar 1831
Correspondent: Anonymous
Archive Source: SS Losh Diaries
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				Beaumont and Ord's

				        GREY LIST

Englishmen!   One of the boasted pledges of Earl Grey on his accession to power was, that the affairs of Government should no longer be carried on by patronage.   He has spent a long Parliamentary life in Bawling out for a ‘Reform’ of what he called ‘abuses’, and has invariably felt himself scandalized whenever a Tory chanced to confer an appointment in Government, the Army or Navy, or the Church, on a deserving relative.   Compare his professions with his performances; look upon his shameful abandonment of principle; see how he has feathered his nest, and the nests of every member of his family, by giving all who are capable of wearing lawn sleeves, or a red coat, or putting on a sailor's uniform on a gala day, or of walking to the Treasury Office to receive their pensions, some share of what the Noble Earl and his political satellites

				   THE WHIGS

			    while out of office, called

				‘Public Plunder!’

									£     s.     d.

1. Right Hon. Earl Grey, First Lord of the Treasury, Member

of the Privy Council, Supernumerary of the Knights of the

Garter, Commissioner for the Affairs of India ec. ec., per annum          12,500

2. Right Hon. Lord Durham (married to Earl Grey's daughter 

Louisa Elizabeth), Lord Privy Seal, with a seat in the Cabinet,

per annum							             2,192  6  2

This Noble Lord soon after his acceptance of Office, took a

violent fit of Economy - he felt ashamed that, having a splendid

private fortune, and no arduous duties to perform as Lord Privy

Seal, he should receive a large sum from the declining revenue

of an almost impoverished country, and declared he would 

sustain the honour without the emolument.   But he has since

repented, applied to the Treasury and pocketed the money!

He has also gone upon a foolish errand to the Emperor (or as

Beaumont & Ord affirm the ‘miscreant’) of Russia with his

wife and a tail of nephews, cousins, and half cousins.   The 

Noble Baron is the bearer of Five Millions of John Bull's money

which Beaumont & Ord voted to the ‘Miscreant’ to enable him

to exile the Brave Poles whom he has conquered, to the

Deserts of Siberia!   This pleasant excursion of the ‘family

party’ sent out for so ‘execrable’ an object will cost the

country not less than an additional				          80,000

3. Henry, Viscount Howick, M.P. (son of Earl Grey) Under

Secretary of State for the Colonies, per annum			          3,000

4. The Hon. Edward Grey (brother of Earl Grey) Lord Bishop

of Hereford and other ‘Nice Pickings’, per annum                                   13,000

5. The Hon. George Barrington, M.P. (married to Caroline,

daughter of Earl Grey) a Lord of the Admiralty, Captain of the

Royal Navy ec., £2,000.   The Captain may be considered a 

sort of political Caleb Quotem for in addition to his 

Captainship in the Navy and his Junior Lordship of the 

Admiralty, he is Steward of all the Bishop of Durham's Manor

Courts (to perform the duties of which he keeps a Deputy),

and lastly he is Master of the Greatham Hospital in the County

of Durham.   This situation affords some fine pickings  - the

Captain pockets at least, from this alone £600 a year, although

he has no duties to perform and £1,400 from his Stewardship

of the Manor Courts makes an additional per annum of

£2,000 - in all							       4,000

Hughes incudes this piece as an appendix.   Transcribed here is the relevant part of the pamphlet referred to in Losh's letter to Brougham of September 7th.   It is undated but Losh dates it to the time when the ‘great question of Reform was brought forward’ and is dated here to 1 March 1831, when the Reform Bill was introduced to the House of Commons

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